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First be warned- the road in is only for 4WDs- we had a 2WD and stopped short of the car park which... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Great hike, but be aware...

We have done this hike many times and it is spectacular! But be warned, the road to the trailhead... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First be warned- the road in is only for 4WDs- we had a 2WD and stopped short of the car park which was a good move- a lot of soft sand further on. We had watched some YouTube videos before we did this hike- which...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank hcame
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have done this hike many times and it is spectacular! But be warned, the road to the trailhead is closed and for the adventurous, is only passible with a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Also, some of the ladders have been washed out, so expect...More

Date of experience: November 2018
9  Thank jbbrown00
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take plenty of water, know the trails, easy to misdirect yourself. Maps available online. My favourite hike!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Trek06926650662
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful, yet strenious hike! We seemed to be the only people visiting the canyon that day. It was very very hot that day (+40 C), first went to wrong way (too left) and reached the ropes to climb up after say 1h walking....More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Pieter0601
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Not easy to find (esp when the GPS didn't recognize the location) but worth the drive from Cathedral City. The colours and rock formations were stunning. Go early to avoid the hottest time of the day. We also did Ladder Canyon - same location I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Carla W
Reviewed 21 June 2018

Recently, we explored this Printed Canyon. It is not well developed yet, but it is good for the challenge or hiking. View is good. From the canyon wall, you can imagine thousands of changes in the earth.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have always wanted to hike a slot canyon. Painted Canyon was our opportunity. The last 5 miles of the drive are on a bumpy, dirt road. It is still worth it. The hike is short but moderate. There were 4 ladders...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TribTraveler
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

A 48 minute drive from Palm Desert, same I10 exit to go to Joshua Tree (different directions). Highly recommend that you have an SUV/AWD as a good portion of the drive is unpaved and very bumpy. May not be a good option for those with...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank EllePlusJohn
Reviewed 18 May 2018

2 and a half hour drive here for us (5 hours round trip) and about a 2 hour hike... worth it!!! Loved loved loved this hike! We accidently missed the sign for the ladder canyon trail and kept going straight. It all loops around together...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank victoriadsmommy
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

The hike was far more difficult then lead to believe. Hike not well marked, be sure to take a photo of the map. Of all the hikes we had done around Palm Springs this has been our least favorite. We would not recommend it and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
5  Thank JinCGY
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7 December 2018|
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Response from Trek06926650662 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the ladders are in disrepair. There has been storm damage in October and the trail is rough in places and I think the ladders are shakey and not altogether trust worthy. Also one is so poor are to require a belay by... More
Pablo A
6 November 2018|
Response from Alexandra R |
Its closed. We tried going here a couple of times, have you heard of corn springs campground? They also have roadclosures but if you have 4x4 drive you can make the drive, the road is really sandy and soft and you have the... More
Alexandra R
5 October 2018|
Response from CorinaIW | Reviewed this property |
There's a bunch of state camp grounds up in Big Bear about an hour from Joshua, really beautiful but it will be quite a bit cooler. Camping randomly in the Yucca Valley area is probably not the best idea.