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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #9 of 46 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Canyons, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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215 reviews 215 reviews
49 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
41 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We enjoyed this hike with our two kids ages 8 and 11. We all wished the slot canyon portions of the hike were longer. There were numerous hikers doing ladder canyon when we went, but many must have retuned through ladder canyon. We did not see many people at all when we continued on to finish the loop through painted... More 

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Encinitas, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
50 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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