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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its...

A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.

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Ladder Hike in Painted Canyon.

A great hike once you figure out which way to go. Everyone we met was lost at some point. Make sure you follow the arrow at the trailhead that points to the canyon. It is hard to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Fort Macleod, Canada

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Fort Macleod, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great hike once you figure out which way to go. Everyone we met was lost at some point. Make sure you follow the arrow at the trailhead that points to the canyon. It is hard to see but once you look inside you will see the trail. We went straight rather than left and ended up lost on several... More 

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1 Thank mjcv
Melbourne, Australia
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited over a week for the road to be open. Once the road was open, the beginning of the road was in good condition then the sand was deeper and the traction control in our vehicle kept engaging. The sign at the beginning of the road says "4 wheel drive" but a few years ago we did not experience... More 

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Thank Karen F
Nelson, Canada
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was truly an amazing experience! Not for claustrophobics and it helps to be a little goat!! The hike through the narrow part of the canyon was terrific and the view from the top was amazing! It is a very busy place on the weekends but has a reputation for vehicle breakins during the slower times.

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Thank amsydjay
Tacoma, Washington
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent hike with some awesome views. The trail has a few sections that can be challenging. There are several ladders, narrow trail sections and moderately steep in places. We did the hike early in the year with moderate temps. If it's hot I would make sure it did it early in the day. It could get pretty... More 

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Thank ChuckBarrie L
Okotoks, Canada
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a must hike and i am not great with ladders and high places. our friend was amazing as Trish showed us the way. Do not be scared but do go with someone who knows the way.

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Thank aaapopcorn
Long Beach CA
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trailhead is a little difficult to get to but well worth the effort. While the hike does not gain a lot of elevation, there are a series of ladders that are difficult for the elderly and very young children. Don't even try it with a dog unless you can carry fido. The slot canyons are amazing and the view... More 

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1 Thank Barry19
Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe you are better than us at finding your way through a desert hike but in spite of being lost we really enjoyed everything about this hike.

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Thank Chris C
Walnut, CA
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133 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There were many people who went yesterday for the New Year weekend so no break-ins observed. We started at around 1:20 pm and took us 3.5 hours since we took a lot of pictures. We enjoyed the whole experience a lot and plan to go back. The colored rocks are just fabulous work of art from the higher power.

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1 Thank ariesgal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Yes this is a beautiful place, however we had our window smashed and things stolen from our vehicle.

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1 Thank Elizabeth S
Canada
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169 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Not a difficult hike, and definitely worth the effort. The narrow trails between towering cliffs illustrate natural forces at their best (so don't go if rain is forecast!). Take water; take your camera; wear a hat.

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