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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #10 of 65 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking
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Owner description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Encinitas, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The Ladder Canyon hike is located just outside Mecca, near the Salton Sea. The trail is accessed via Painted Canyon Road,a graded dirt road, which for the most part is passable with any passenger car. It can get sandy near the end, but if you don't stop, you should be fine. The parking area is mostly hard packed. The loop... More

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Nanaimo, Canada
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50 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

What an amazing hike! I'm glad I read other reviews as if you don't know what your looking for you may miss it! When you park in the parking lot head up the canyon to the right. Just a little ways up you will see a big pile of rocks that looks like a landslide (there is an arrow made... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Joined a naked hike in this beautiful desert landscape. Its a difficult and long drive to get there, but well worth it. Private, secluded, amazing landscapes.

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Palm Springs, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

best view in the valley food is great and reasonable before mid afternoon for best experience if you golf do it early and relax after

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Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We love slot canyons, and this one is nice. You can drive right to the beginning of the canyon (the last couple of miles is dirt, but our rental car had no trouble). Walk the dry wash for a bit and watch for the stone arrow or brown park sign for the left into ladder canyon if you want to... More

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San Diego, Ca
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6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's a drive from Palm Springs...but a great hike. Not a leisurely stroll, hike but a real adventure hike. With some light rock climbing, ladder climbing, cool slot canyons, desert vistas. The loop will take you about 3+ hrs and once you commit you need to complete the loop, so bring PLENTY of water. The trail is nicely marked with... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed in Palm Springs during Spring Break and it was by far the best Hike of all. The Canyon is situated about 45 miles south east of PS. When you get to the Canyon road, you will drive about 3 miles on dirt and sand. We had a Kia Soul and we made it without much trouble. It took... More

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BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Trying to get my teenage sons to go "hiking" is like trying to get them out of bed on a saturday before noon. They just don't see the point. However, this hike was more like an adventure and my curious little boys were back, crawling up the ladders and snaking through the slot canyons, listening to the echo of their... More

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Abbotsford, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We did this hike today and really enjoyed it. Out goal was to do the slot canyon first with the ladders, get up on the ridge, then come back down the Painted Canyon. However, within 100 yards of the start of the trail we mistakenly went too far left and ended going up a side canyon that eventually led to... More

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Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This is a really awesome way to spend a couple of hours. The dirt road was the bit I was most worried about but we took a Ford Focus along it with no problems at all. The first bit is definitely the worst - very rutted and quite soft in places - but it gets much better so persevere. It's... More

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