Painted Canyon
Painted Canyon
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Uday P
55 contributions
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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Lindsey M
Arlington, VA34 contributions
Feb 2020
My husband and I ventured out to the Painted Canyon from La Quinta and we were not disappointed. The road leading up to the entry point is a bit bumpy and sandy, and it’s recommended you have a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. However our SUV with front wheel drive did just fine. The entry point for the path starts where the parking area is and is mostly flat for the entire hike. The rocks are absolutely stunning, varying in color and structure. The ladder is easy to climb, and it’s secured to the surrounding rock so don’t let that deter you from hiking deeper into the canyon! We ended up spending almost 4 hours here we loved it so much! Be sure to bring water and comfortable walking shoes! Most of the hike you’ll be walking on sandy rocky terrain.
Written February 1, 2020
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FjordFan
Milwaukee148 contributions
Feb 2022
My wife and I spent a day hiking in Joshua Tree and two days hiking around Palm Springs (including Indian Canyons, Tahquitz Canyon and taking the aerial tram up to Desert View Trail). They were all great but our favorite hike of the entire trip was the Ladder Canyon / Painted Canyon loop. It's like three different hikes all in one-- first you climb your way through and out of Ladder Canyon (a great slot canyon), next you walk around the canyon rim with panoramic views in every direction, then you loop back down through the beautiful Painted Canyon. The 5 mile loop took us 2 1/2 hours at at leisurely pace. Overall a very unique experience, lots of great pictures. Highly recommend. FYI we did have a 4WD SUV so had no problems navigating the gravel road to get to the trailhead. Saw quite a few 2WD cars there too even though there are signs along the road that say 4WD only.
Written March 7, 2022
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RoadtrippingGirl2014
Prince George, Canada151 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Wow, what a hidden gem! This was absolutely amazing. Lots of trails to accommodate various ages (our group ranged from age 36 to 72) and abilities. We did the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail loop. It was just over 7km and a little more difficult and technically challenging (because of the ladders). The loop took about 2.5 hrs. Walking through the slot canyons was unbelievable and beautiful, using the ladders was challenging but so fun, views from the top spanned from snow capped mountains in the north to the Salton Sea in the south. Amazing! Completed mid December and the temperatures were perfect (around 19 celcius).
Written December 19, 2021
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Jerry C
Rehoboth Beach, DE56 contributions
Jan 2020
It took us about an hour and 15 minutes to get there. The last 2ish miles is down a bumpy dirt road so go in a truck or SUV if possible. It is worth the drive. I don't like hiking much, but go for the views and it pleases my husband. This canyon and its views are just amazing. In January at noon, we were comfortable in the sun and the shade. Wear layers though. The canyon is vibrant with many colors. You can walk for a couple of hours through the canyon without fear of getting lost. You can also climb ladders to get up some of the ledges to continue your hike. At least one of the ladders is bolted to the rock so it won't fall. Enjoyed it immensely!
Written January 18, 2020
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gfras1
Grand Rapids, MI2 contributions
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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wayanedwin
Victoria, Canada61 contributions
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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AKKris
Juneau, AK146 contributions
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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Robin Ray Writer
Stanton, CA55 contributions
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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Felix5555
California City, CA3 contributions
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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