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Painted Canyon

Address: Palm Springs, CA
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Ranked #8 of 59 Attractions in Palm Springs
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Owner description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Vancouver
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102 reviews 102 reviews
32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

It may be a bit tricky to find the access road to Painted Canyon Wilderness but the search is well worth it. There are several beautiful hikes right through the canyons. Bring your camera!

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Poway, CA
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113 reviews 113 reviews
39 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

Some guidebooks/travel sites say that road into canyon is passable with two wheel drive. However, there is a sign at the beginning of the dirt/gravel/sand road into the area that says road is for 4WD vehicles. I got a good ways in with my 2WD SUV but road got pretty sketchy so did not take a chance and go all... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Hiked on May 28, Monday of Memorial weekend. Lots of fun, but it got hot as afternoon approaches. The signs are nearly invisible, but look for irregular rock formation (directional arrows) for trail guidance. There is a bee hiven in the ground near the top of the 1st ladderer at the end of large canyon. WALK AROUND THE BEES. They... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Googled hikes before we went to Palm Springs ... knew it would be awesome. We were not disappointed!! it was totally cool!! Easy to get there (just be aware the last 4 miles are gravel road).... then hit the trails!! Tricky to see the main entrance to the slot canyons (mostly because we were looking up high at other side... More 

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La Quinta, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Park the car and head up the wash...soon you'll be craning your neck to view the top of the canyon walls that get taller and more narrow as you go. If your adventurous, head into "Ladder Canyon" and go to where few are.

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Indio, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

lots to look at, many different colors in the rock, great views of the salton sea, the hike mite take 3-4 hours. very hot in the summer

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Quantico, Virginia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

This was a great hike. The canyons were beautiful. It is a long dirt road to get there and there is not much around. There was a lot of broken glass in the parking lot so don't leave valuables in your vehicle. The hike has deep sand and gets hot very quickly. Bring lots of water. The trail is marked... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

go early, I arrived at 8:00 and hiked completely alone! Head down the main river bed and after about 2 miles take a right up a metal ladder. Just keep hiking back through the canyon! It's one of the most stunning hikes I've ever done. Oh yeah... there are bees! They won't harm or come after you but there is... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

as you peer around you begin to see the history of time unknown in the layers of variety of textures and colours in the ragged sand canyon walls surrounding you, depending on your path you can with little effort find evidence of the infamous sn. andreas fault, etc.

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Los Altos, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
24 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

This is probably the most unique hike I've ever been on. It's about an hour drive outside of Palm Springs. The drive to get there ends with a couple mile drive down a gravelly road which is pretty iffy to do without a four wheel drive. We had a normal sedan rental car and there were a couple points where... More 

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