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Painted Canyon

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Address: Palm Springs, CA
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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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In less than an hour from Palm Springs you can experience this awesome place. A hike like no other, unearthly surroundings and mother nature's art. I was a little concerned... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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dira-the-explorer
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In less than an hour from Palm Springs you can experience this awesome place. A hike like no other, unearthly surroundings and mother nature's art. I was a little concerned that with my less than perfect knees and moderate fear of heights that the ladders would spook me but I did just fine with the help of my young strong... More 

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have lived in So Cal all my life and I love the desert so when I found out about this place I couldn't believe that I didn't know about it before. I have been back twice in the same year. The first time just my boyfriend and I, the 2nd time my brother and kids ages 6 to 13.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

The ladders hike is located here. Head down I10 toward the Salton Sea. Jump off the freeway and you see amazingly productive farms and maybe the sea. The last 4-5 miles to the trailhead can be a dusty, rough road. Follow the arrows in the ground to head up... its easy to miss some of the route but its a... More 

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

After reading several reviews cautioning about auto break ins, we decided to give it a try and leave nothing in the car. It is way off the beaten path. The road you turn onto to go to the canyon clearly states that you need a 4wd. The road was very dry and looked well packed so we went in anyway.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

We arrived at 0700. Rather than take the first route we chose to go to the end and work backwards. While I think this is easier physically it requires climbing down rock faces rather than up them. While climbing up requires more effort I feel it would be safer, not that this hike is dangerous other than in a flood... More 

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Point Cook, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Another lovely location for a hike and great to see the many colors of the rocks and cliff faces:)...

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

We had a great hike at painted canyon! Make sure you pick the right slot canyon (there are rock arrows on the ground) so you don't end up adding 2 hours to your hike, like we did. Also, watch out for rattle snakes, they camouflage very well with the rocks!

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4 Thank naturegirl964
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

once you figure out which way to go it s a great hike. follow the arrow made with stone on the ground at the trailhead , and the hike through the narrow part of the canyon is interesting ! then the view from the top is amazing. then keep climbing to the top , the painted canyon will be on... More 

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Thank tourist78paris
San Francisco
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is a good, solid hike that turns out to be exhausting not because of difficulty or change in altitude, but hiking a long while through the sand on the floor of the canyon takes work. We hiked up to where the canyon splits and took the fork that is through a narrow passageway with steep sides at each fingertips... More 

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Yarmouth, Canada
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016 via mobile

This was a beautiful hike. You go from walking through narrow canyons to the top of the mountain where you can see so far around you. Beautiful views of the Salton Sea and the Coachella Valley. There are several ladders to climb, that are leaning up against the cliffs. They've all been replaced with aluminum ladders except for one wooden... More 

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