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“Great little slot canyon - easily accessible”
Review of Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon
Ranked #15 of 118 things to do in Palm Springs
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Owner description: A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great little slot canyon - easily accessible”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

We love slot canyons, and this one is nice. You can drive right to the beginning of the canyon (the last couple of miles is dirt, but our rental car had no trouble). Walk the dry wash for a bit and watch for the stone arrow or brown park sign for the left into ladder canyon if you want to start that way. We didn't have a lot of time, so we took the ladder canyon branch and walked until we left the slot canyon portion and then doubled back. This worked fine, but be aware the ladders can be a little bit of a challenge to navigate (we're 47 with only average fitness, but managed ok) - the ladders might be a problem if you are heavy or afraid of heights. It is probably easier to go up the ladders than down (i.e. go left into the slot canyon instead of staying right in the wider box canyon if you are doing the whole loop). If the ladders are too much, the rest of the canyon is still worth seeing.

Visited March 2014
4 Thank travelscottc
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San Diego, Ca
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Well worth the trip!”
Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's a drive from Palm Springs...but a great hike. Not a leisurely stroll, hike but a real adventure hike. With some light rock climbing, ladder climbing, cool slot canyons, desert vistas.

The loop will take you about 3+ hrs and once you commit you need to complete the loop, so bring PLENTY of water. The trail is nicely marked with arrows made by other friendly hikers using rocks. (Which is a good think...because just as you think you are lost and going the wrong way, a friendly arrow points you in the right direction.

Visited April 2014
6 Thank dlieber
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great hike! Fun....remote area”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed in Palm Springs during Spring Break and it was by far the best Hike of all. The Canyon is situated about 45 miles south east of PS. When you get to the Canyon road, you will drive about 3 miles on dirt and sand. We had a Kia Soul and we made it without much trouble. It took us about 1 hour to get to the top of the Canyon (about 2 miles). You have to climb about 4 or 5 ladders. I have to say I was worried at first as my kids are 6 and 8 years old. We took our time and enjoyed very much the hike. We came back the same way we went up. You can actually do a loop around but it is another 4 miles. Coming down was a little more challenging. It is pretty steep to go down those ladders so be extra careful. Again, my kids have been on hike so many times they know what to do and can handle 4- 5 miles without any trouble. I would not recommend this hike with children less than 8.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Anne J
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42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Even the Teenagers Liked It”
Reviewed March 27, 2014

Trying to get my teenage sons to go "hiking" is like trying to get them out of bed on a saturday before noon. They just don't see the point. However, this hike was more like an adventure and my curious little boys were back, crawling up the ladders and snaking through the slot canyons, listening to the echo of their voices and imagining all sorts of weird apocalyptic video games and movies that should be filmed here.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank vernongirl3
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Abbotsford, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Painted Canyon hike with unexpected side trip”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

We did this hike today and really enjoyed it. Out goal was to do the slot canyon first with the ladders, get up on the ridge, then come back down the Painted Canyon. However, within 100 yards of the start of the trail we mistakenly went too far left and ended going up a side canyon that eventually led to a series of ascents made with the aid of fixed ropes. It was fun, but we scraped ourselves a bit and some of the ropes are getting a bit frayed. Unless you are good with rope ascents I would advise that you stick to the right of the main trail at the start until you get to the canyon that has the ladders to climb. If you are in a narrow canyon and have gone more than a 1/4 mile without seeing the signpost and the big rock arrows on the ground pointing left, you are likely in the wrong canyon and should turn around. Eventually we made it to the top of the ridge (had to do a bit of a scramble), followed the trail down into the Painted Canyon and came out the way we had planned. Take lots of water and do the trail before it gets too hot.

Visited March 2014
6 Thank RJE52
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