We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Palm Springs, CA
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Description: 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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 73 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 55
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Best hike in Palm Springs area

As other have said, not in Palm Springs but about an hour south. Just follow the arrows made out of stone on the ground. Hike takes about 3 hours. Bring a lot of water.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Db1105
,
Wilmington, De
Add Photo Write a Review

73 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Wilmington, De
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

As other have said, not in Palm Springs but about an hour south. Just follow the arrows made out of stone on the ground. Hike takes about 3 hours. Bring a lot of water.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Manitoba, Canada
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Painted Canyon (also known as Slot Canyon or Mecca Hills hike) is a great loop hike that includes walking & climbing ladders through a slot canyon, beautiful panoramic views at the top of the canyon, and amazing rock formations and colours on the trail back down through the painted canyon to the parking lot. The full loop took six of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Mission, Canada
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
105 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Even the washboard gravel road in was scenic. You enter the canyon and drive for about a mile to the parking lot. When you start walking into the canyon watch out for a large arrow made of rocks and a faded yellow steel post that points to the trail into the slot canyon(markers are about 1/2 mile into your hike).there... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Palm Springs, California, United States
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
43 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

This canyon is beautiful and a place to go for the entire day. Colors, views and canyons make a great hike. Make sure you bring lots of water, food, hat. One of the Coachella Valley's best hikes.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Gyor, Hungary
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very good tour by the ranger, with information on the native people who first settled in the canyons and Palm Springs. He also knew about all the plants, and their uses by the natives.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Waubaushene, Canada
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

for the avid hiker this place is a must, so beautiful, spent the whole day there with friends formations are amazing, colors will take your breath away, great place to take kids too,

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Coachella, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We just came from painted canyon, I've lived in the valley for many years and had never visited. I went well prepared I did some reading before going packed plenty of water, take snacks (that's one thing that I forgot) because the hike is about 3hrs to do the whole loop. Its very interesting the whole trail, there is arrows... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very fun hike. The ladders were secure and there were other people around in case you were to lose your way. People used rocks in the form of arrows for directional assistance. Go ahead and put this one on your list!

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Yuma, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We have been on the hike many times and are taking company there this Thursday. I think they will enjoy the Canyon as much as we have.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indian Wells, California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Listed as Palm Springs, but really in the Chocolate Mountains about 1 hr East. The last 2 miles are dirt, washboard road....need a good car for that part. The hike in the river wash is pretty easy with steep vertical canyon sides, spectacular rock formations. Recommend climbing up the "ladder" trail on the way up, then the loop down the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed Painted Canyon also viewed

Palm Springs, California Desert
Palm Springs, California Desert
 
Palm Springs, California Desert
Palm Springs, California Desert
 

Been to Painted Canyon? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Painted Canyon and other visitors
5 questions
Ask a question
24 days ago
1 month ago
2 months ago
Los Altos, California
3 months ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Painted Canyon staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?