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Painted Canyon

Address: Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #8 of 59 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Went to Painted Canyon area and Ladders Trail near Indio; had good trail info & map from the web so parking and trail were not hard to find. First recess in Ladder trail was a challenge but well worth the effort. Take water, a hat and your camera...beautiful unique scenery the entire hike.

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Vancouver, Canada
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127 reviews 127 reviews
46 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is a really cool trail. We took the Ladder Trail, despite the fact that the first ladder was broken so we had to do some fancy maneuvering to get down. The trail goes between narrow canyon walls and is not hard. When you get to the top you're walking along the ridge with views all around, all the way... More 

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

If you are thinking of hiking Painted Canyon, make sure you do your homework first. I would not recommend hiking in the noon-day sun. The canyon floor can get very hot. This is not a hike for someone with feet or leg issues. The floor of the canyon is made up of coarse sand and tiny rocks. Every step will... More 

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Langley
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Was a bit to hard for me so I stayed down in the canyon and enjoyed a lovely walk through the canyon floor. Our group did the ladder canyon hike (hard) and loved it! overall the hike was the favourite of the week

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We go there whenever we visit Palm Springs. The slot canyon is so much fun and the ladders exciting.

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Oxford, Ohio
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102 reviews 102 reviews
23 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I highly recommend this hike. Some hints: * Get really good directions. A bit hard to find the parking area * You will need to drive about 5 miles on a dirt road * Watch the trail markers closely. An arrow made out of rocks shows the way. This was really hard to find. I can't say enough good things... More 

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This hike is one of the best experiences I have had: glorious scenery and views and quite wild. I am a 68 year old woman from South Africa where we also have impressive mountains, but no canyons like this. My son and I headed out from Indio with no idea of what to expect and were thrilled. We were intending... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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222 reviews 222 reviews
50 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is really out in 'no man's land'!!! But oh so worth the drive! Make sure you have comfortable and sturdy shoes, as the trail is sandy like walking on the beach. There are rock formations everywhere to climb and ladders anchored throughout the trail that take you up the really steep canyon rocks. There are narrow passages and trails... More 

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Cathedral City, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This hike at White Water Preserve offers desert hiking eventually leading to a lush, secluded waterfall. The rainbow rocks are incredible, so pure in color. This hike involves about a 1000 foot gain in elevation. The elevation gain is so gradual that you won't realize it has happened until you hike out. Hiking out is gradual down all the way!... More 

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Citrus Heights, California
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103 reviews 103 reviews
41 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This canyon, east of Palm Springs, is a prime viewing spot to see where the Pacific Plate is pushing against the North American Plate. It is one of the "roots" of the San Andreas Fault which runs from the desert up through San Francisco and beyond. The gnarled and stacked and twisted rock formations, as well as the narrow slot... More 

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