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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.
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Amazing views of Nature

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Coachella, California
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Coachella, California
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20 reviews
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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 

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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!

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Yuma, Arizona
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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.

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Indian Wells, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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 

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Coachella, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is probably one of the most exciting hiking trails out here in the desert. It is a bit aways, but definitely worth the drive. The road is well marked and I've never had any problems driving it without a 4x4 vehicle. The unique thrill about this trail are the ladders that help you hike up and some help you... More 

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Riverside
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Not sure what the official name for this hike is but we did the ladder hike. Great experience- have done Antelope Canyon in AZ and this is similar. The best thing comparing the two is this is free and not as crowded. We did the whole loop about 5 miles- the various ladder climbs are really cool and the canyon... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Although this attraction is listed as "Palm Springs" it is in fact about an hour's drive East of PS past Indio. Nevertheless, it is well worth it. The last part of the access road is unpaved and a little washboard like, but posed no problems. The trail is not very well marked, so check the website for trail details. Early... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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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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Address: Address: Palm Springs, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  California Desert  >  Palm Springs

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