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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Very Cool Hike with Slot canyon and ladders

This is an amazing hike up ladders and thru slotted canyons. We unfortunately did not go all the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Menlo Par
Handy Tips for a Top-10 Lifetime Hike!

Perhaps not the longest hike, nor the most strenuous, but for scenery, for novelty, and for sheer... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Peter J
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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” (17 reviews)
“ladder trail” (8 reviews)
“great hike” (19 reviews)
Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing hike up ladders and thru slotted canyons. We unfortunately did not go all the way around but doubled back the way we came after reaching the top. But we should have -- next time! Go early and bring lots of water.

Thank MenloMom2011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perhaps not the longest hike, nor the most strenuous, but for scenery, for novelty, and for sheer awesomeness, this is a must-do! Leave yourself about three hours for the hike itself...not because of the distance, but because you'll want to stop for photos every five...More

3  Thank Peter J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We hiked here last week and joined a small group where one the guys thought he knew the lay of the land. We made it through the slot canyons and ladders. It was difficult in places but we loved every minute of it. Once we...More

Thank imdrbob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Painted Canyon hike was just amazing! Think of the hike as being divided into three different sections (although it's one big loop). There's the slot canyon with the ladders, the hike along the ridge with the amazing views, and the walk in the dried...More

Thank Ron L
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We travelled to Painted Canyon Wed Oct 11. Heading in towards the canyon, about a mile onto the dirt road, we pulled over to let a SUV Crossover pass by. Two men were in the SUV and they were moving very fast. We immediately had...More

5  Thank jimcP3711WH
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Painted Canyon is worth the drive on the unbeaten rocky road. If you have hired a car like us (Camaro ss) you might need to allow a bit extra time to travel because you wont be going over 10mph to get there was petrafied of...More

1  Thank Hel F
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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

2  Thank MariacriistinaHeller
Reviewed 6 July 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

2  Thank Kris H
Reviewed 30 May 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

5  Thank Debra G
Reviewed 27 April 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
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12 April 2017|
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
Charles J
10 April 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
14 March 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