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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #11 of 64 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Canyons
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Palm Springs, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Having hiked extensively on both coasts and in the rockies, appalachians and smoky mountains, this still ranks as one of my favourite day hikes. Starting at the foot of the canyon, rambling over some rocks and up ladders to snake through a narrow crevice, then gradually reaching the summit, this is a spectacular trail. The descent is much easier, and... More

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Yucaipa, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
22 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Hiker's Rule - never judge a hike based on your view of the general environs and gut feeling. You never know how good a hike is until you do it. This is indeed a very nice hike, and fun, with some geology as well. And varied. I would never do it in summer, or if it looks like rain (I'm... More

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Seattle, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The painted canyon and ladders canyon loop trail is definitely a highlight of the Palm Springs area. There are actually ladders to help hikers up/down the dry falls in the slot-like canyons. Very cool! I highly recommend this hike as a great introduction to the Mecca Hills. Incidentally, even though the road says 4WD only, I've never seen it not... More

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