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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11DOM
Saskatoon, Canada45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Been coming for years. Always as breath taking.
New ladders have been installed making it safer.
The road is a little rough a usual but this year was the best I’ve seen in 10+ yrs. ( February each year)
Written 29 February 2024
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FjordFan
Milwaukee156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 7 March 2022
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RoadtrippingGirl2014
Prince George, Canada161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 19 December 2021
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CPtown
Provincetown, MA36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 20 March 2021
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 4 February 2021
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Robin Ray Writer
Stanton, CA59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 3 February 2021
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Uday P
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 27 December 2020
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Felix5555
California City, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 June 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 25 April 2020
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AKKris
Juneau, AK146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 21 April 2020
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