Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon, Palm Springs: Address, Painted Canyon Reviews: 4.5/5

Painted Canyon
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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CPtown
Provincetown, MA36 contributions
Unique Painted Canyon Adventure
Mar 2021 • Friends
Had an Amazing unique Painted Canyon Adventure!
An experience unlike any other! Well worth the trip! Go on a weekday as there may be a wait at the ladders
Written March 20, 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Beautiful Canyons
Feb 2021
This is the Painted Canyon. They are mountains and it is beautiful!

We took a lot of time to enjoy all the mountains oe rPaintes Canyon.

A must see!

It was amazing!
Written February 4, 2021
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Robin Ray Writer
Stanton, CA37 contributions
Fantastic hike and photo opportunity
Feb 2021
Nature reveals the beauty that we often don't see. The hike is a challenge but one worth doing. I love it! I felt restored and alive when I was there. Go Take a Hike. Cheers, Robin
Written February 3, 2021
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Uday P
55 contributions
MUST DO when you are in Palm desert area
Dec 2020 • Family
This is a MUST DO if you are in Palm springs area. It's about an hour long drive from the downtown area and you are guaranteed to reach the trail head using a 4x4 vehicle which is all sand at certain spots. FOLLOW the signs (folks on the trail have used rocks to make arrows to follow) we covered around 8 miles on the trail.

The ladders are the star of the show here most are super easy to get you to some great views except one in the canyon which has a 3-4 feet gap. Check the weather before you go, avoid windy days.
Written December 27, 2020
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Felix5555
California City, CA3 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2020
First time in painted canyon today and should've driven a 4-wheeler as our SUV got in the sand. Ironically, it was a blessing in disguise as we met the nicest people who assisted us. The canyon was breathtaking but the best part is to know that there are still good people out there. Thanks to Kelly and Kayla from San Diego as well as Roman and Jenny from Gardena. Also thanks to the gentleman in the truck with his kids who offered us his shovel, umbrella and water due to the hot weather. I hope somehow this message finds you all safe and in good health and let you know that you made our day and we are privileged to meet such gracious people like you.
Written June 6, 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Gorgeous mountains and a sunset, all for free!
Jan 2020
We had fun with the mountains and the Painted Canyon. We could not climb them. However, they were special. They were really an attraction!

When we drove, the road was sand with some pebbles.

We were here on time. We enjoyed the sunset. Wow!

A must see!
Written April 25, 2020
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AKKris
Juneau, AK146 contributions
Beautiful Slot Canyon Hike
Feb 2020
Long drive in to the parking area on bumpy, dirt road. Took it very slow with the car. No bathrooms available once you get to parking area (there are bathrooms on the road on the way). From parking lot, head in and keep eyes peeled for big arrow pointing to the left. Also if you see a park sign on the left with an arrow, look around on ground in area by it for the arrow made with rocks to the left. It will look like you are going to walk into a big rock wall but once you are by the rocks, you can see a path to start climbing. If you get to the wash area, you missed the arrow and should turn around and go back looking for the arrow. You need to be able to climb ladders that at times are not in the best of shape. It will take you through some beautiful slot canyons. We've done the loop where you turn towards the right once you are on top towards the tower and follow the path down. It takes you through the wash area and is not that much fun to walk through. Or you can get on top and follow the path back along the canyon and it will take you through two ropes to climb down. Our group didn't feel comfortable doing so but have talked with others who have and sounds easier than the first rope looked. We also have hiked through the ladders back to the parking lot and really enjoyed that. Really enjoy this hike.
Written April 21, 2020
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bullpasture5555
Burnaby, Canada65 contributions
walk with friends
Feb 2020
The road to the trail parking lot is dirt so be prepared. The trail signage is poor so you might need to ask directions. We took one route that had 3-4 ladders that we had to climb. the ladders were less than 10 steps and in average to poor shape. The schutes, open paths, and painted rocks are awesome. Need about 2.5 to 3 hours with a short stop
Written March 2, 2020
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wayanedwin
Victoria, Canada60 contributions
A really nice hike
Feb 2020
We hiked the Painted Canyon trail in February. The road in is a bit of a challenge as it is a bad wash board type of road. Our Volvo got us in and out OK. We hiked clockwise. The trail follows a wash and after about 400 metres, you will see two large arrows in the sand made from loose rocks. They point to the clockwise trail. It is hard to see, but if you venture into the crevice, you will find yourself on the trail. Next was about a mile of easy walking through really neat slot canyons. This brigs you onto a ridge and eventually to another wash leading back to the trailhead. We rate this as an easy/moderate trail.
Written February 26, 2020
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gfras1
Grand Rapids, MI2 contributions
Use Alltrails app
Feb 2020
We planned on going out via the Ladders trail and returning by the Painted Canyon trail.
But we missed the "arrow" made with rocks on the ground to catch the Ladders trail 5 minutes or so after you start on the main trail. So after going a ways out the Painted Canyon trail and talking to others who returning on the loop we intended we just decided to do the loop "backwards". Once we got out to the end of the canyons we went too far out towards the weather? towers and luckily checked the Alltrails app. again we missed the turn to go to to ladders trail. We backtracked and found the turn to the ladders trail. On the ladders trail a couple times we got off the trail according to Alltrails. Backtracked again and got back on track. Luckily made it back just before dark. Alltrails saved our A$$, this time. Thank you Alltrails! Other than that this is a very cool and interesting. Love the "slot" caverns. btw. we are fairly experienced hikers, not rookies.
Written February 10, 2020
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