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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

It's a little way out side the PS area, but worth the half hour drive. The slot canyon is fascinating and the rock formations are unique. There are a variety of trails, ranging... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
cfpatty
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Oswego, New York
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Oswego, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's a little way out side the PS area, but worth the half hour drive. The slot canyon is fascinating and the rock formations are unique. There are a variety of trails, ranging from fairly easy to very taxing. If you are tired of the same old overlook trails along the Coachella Valley, try this one.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Canyon, while not a state/national park, is well worth the effort to find . It is not for hikers that don't like a challenge or a rush! Its not your average stroll type of hike..it is off the paved roads and takes you into the mountain....we managed to meet a young guy who was taking 2 of his friends... More 

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Thank Blaine J
Palm Desert, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked the trails and they were lovely and peaceful. Nice day yesterday was raining but the rocks in the sunlight are great!

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Palm Desert, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great trail for anyone who loves hiking. The dirt road that will lead you to the start of the trail is approx 3-4 miles long, so it can be a bit boring. Just keep a slow pace to avoid damaging tires, I promise when you get there, it's worth it. (Unless you have a truck with nice... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the dirt road slowly and you and your non-4-wheel drive vehicle will be just fine. There is only signage on the start of the hike. We mistakenly took the smaller trail to the left at the beginning and after scrambling through tight squeezes and crawling under rocks and going up rope ladders (instead of an easier descent on them)... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Super hike through a neat slot canyon. Ladders and scrambling (in part to access the ladders) made the hike a challenge but ok for anyone who is generally athletic and active; no climbing skills required. Lots of folks seem to do the simplest out/back on the ladder trail whereas we found better seclusion and expansive views by doing the fullest... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outside Palm Springs in Mecca, CA, 4 miles down a dirt road you will come to Painted Canyon. Park in the parking area and walk down a wide sandy path into the canyon. Shortly you will come to a small sign on your right that says trail and points left. It doesn't look like a trail, but GO THAT WAY!... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This area has many hikes with all levels of difficulty. We hiked the flat bed for 1.5 miles until we could go no further. We did not do the rope and ladder climbing. It seemed like fun for younger families and teenagers. Instead, we explored the slot canyons of a trail just before the large parking area of the main... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great hike to do in the Palm Springs area. It is approximately a 40min drive from La Quinta and the last part is on a rutted dirt road so be conscious of what vehicle you take out there. We did the ladder hike in Painted Canyon and it was a 2hr loop. Really beautiful and of moderate... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great way to spend the day... the ladder hike was a challenge... not that it is steep or the elevation gain is a killer. But a challenge in that you hold your breath hoping these janky ladders will hold your weight. The payoff is the summit which is totally worth the fear of a ladder breaking under... More 

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