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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Amazing you walk right into the San Andreas fault

The Painted canyon is one of those places I will never forget It enchanted me with Mother Nature's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MariacriistinaHeller
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Rome, Italy
An amazing hike with some of the coolest scenery!!

I live in BC. So i'm used to hiking through forests up to waterfalls and mountain peaks. This... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2017
Kris H
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Whistler, Canada
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (16 reviews)
“ladder trail” (8 reviews)
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Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Painted canyon is one of those places I will never forget It enchanted me with Mother Nature's beauty , the rocks and canyons changing color at every turn It's so so beautiful it's the California 's desert and the San Andreas Fault...Just simply Magic

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Reviewed July 5, 2017

I live in BC. So i'm used to hiking through forests up to waterfalls and mountain peaks. This Hike was unlike anything i've ever seen before!! It's not that hard (as long as you're not afraid of ladders or heights) There are a few bigger...More

1  Thank Kris H
Reviewed May 29, 2017

We were in Palm Springs for the weekend and went out to ladder/painted canyon. Great time! Lovely hike! Super cool! Here are my helpful notes: - If you drive a non-SUV, be prepared to drive slowly on a 5 mile dirt road. We have a...More

3  Thank Debra G
Reviewed April 27, 2017

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.

1  Thank jmariec240
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.

1  Thank tjavascott
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...More

3  Thank Tom S
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...More

11  Thank UncleRJ
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...More

4  Thank Paul S
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...More

1  Thank Brent T
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...More

10  Thank TravellingKaren2014
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maeme43
April 11, 2017|
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Response from Tom S | Reviewed this property |
I don't think this is a state park. Since there is no fee to enter Painted Canyon. There isn't anything to drive around. You actually park in a small lot and then hike around. If you are physically able, I would... More
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Charles J
April 9, 2017|
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Response from Brent T | Reviewed this property |
I don't know of any ropes on the main climb. All fixed ladders. The hike from the plateau toward the antenna towers and then back down the dry canyon is a bit of a slog so we usually just reverse our path back down the... More
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ycindyy58
March 13, 2017|
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Response from eandrade760 | Reviewed this property |
My best advice is, if you have a smart phone with navigation system, just type in painted canyon as your destination. Took me right to the entrance of the hike. When you enter, you have two options. Left: will take you... More
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