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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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Great hike.

Interesting scenic hike upand down a few ladders, through a some crevices and down onto the canyon floor. It was a lot of fun, not very difficult and great exercise. A great 3... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jmariec240
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting scenic hike upand down a few ladders, through a some crevices and down onto the canyon floor. It was a lot of fun, not very difficult and great exercise. A great 3 hour tour.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 14, 2017

This is a fantastic hike. It is remote and you have to travel down a very bumpy road to get there but it is worth it.

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1 Thank tjavascott
Addison, Illinois
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46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2017

I had looked up Painted Canyon and noticed the hiking that included ladders throughout the hike. Wasn't sure what to expect, but visited there with 5 kids. (only 1 was mine) It was close to a 1 hour drive from our resort and the last 3 miles were on a very bumpy, dirt road. Otherwise, it was only about 30... More 

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3 Thank Tom S
Calgary
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28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2017

We usually do this hike at least once when we are in the Palm Springs area and have done it with kids as young as 6 years old. Make sure you have good walking/hiking shoes and lots of water. I don't know how many people we have seen heading up the canyon in flip flops and no water. As long... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2017

This is the third consecutive March break that my wife and I have spent in Palm Springs. The numerous hikes in and around Palm Springs are wonderful, varied and thus far we have not hiked the same trail twice. Our last full day included the highlight hike of our week. Located an hour's drive from Palm Springs is Painted Canyon.... More 

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4 Thank Paul S
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

Good for kids, teens, and adults. Our second time through the canyon, we spent about 2 hours up and down, returning back down the ladder route. For a longer hike, take the loop and come back down the valley bottom. It's a bit of a slog with young kids, so take the ladders back when hiking with 10 and under.

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1 Thank Brent T
Calgary, Canada
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2017

Hiked this today and I thought it would be helpful to give some directions because it is easy to get going on the wrong trail. There are lots of reviews here that tell you how to get to the trail head. But not too many describing what to do next. Here is how to do the loop trail from the... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

This hike took three of us just under three hours. The drive from Palm Springs was an hour ten. The dirt trail road was well sign posted and we found the car park area easily. We set off early from the car park (0815) and it wasn't too hot. The walk goes up the wide steep sided canyon. We walked... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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405 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

This was fun and challenging! Be prepared for some climbs and crawling over and under rocks - and to squeeze between very tight rock walls. Our teenager loved it! The ladders are easy going up, but definitely more challenging coming down. Solid hiking shoes are highly recommended. And here is how to find the slot canyon, courtesy of another hiker's... More 

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Fontana, California
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2017

Painted Canyon is a beautiful place. I did the ladder canyon trail which was very exciting. It is a narrow slot canyon that winds throughout and takes you up multiple ladders as you travel through it. Once the slot canyon ends it opens up into tall wide canyons that are awesome to see. If you are into geology, this place... More 

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