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Painted Canyon

Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Painted Canyon is worth the drive on the unbeaten rocky road. If you have hired a car like us... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hel F
via mobile
Amazing you walk right into the San Andreas fault

The Painted canyon is one of those places I will never forget It enchanted me with Mother Nature's... read more

Reviewed 14 September 2017
Rome, Italy
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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  • Very good21%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirt road” (16 reviews)
“ladder trail” (8 reviews)
“great hike” (19 reviews)
Palm Springs, Greater Palm Springs, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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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

3  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
Reviewed 14 April 2017

This is a fantastic hike. It is remote and you have to travel down a very bumpy road to get there but it is worth it.

1  Thank tjavascott
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I had looked up Painted Canyon and noticed the hiking that included ladders throughout the hike. Wasn't sure what to expect, but visited there with 5 kids. (only 1 was mine) It was close to a 1 hour drive from our resort and the last...More

3  Thank Tom S
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We usually do this hike at least once when we are in the Palm Springs area and have done it with kids as young as 6 years old. Make sure you have good walking/hiking shoes and lots of water. I don't know how many people...More

12  Thank UncleRJ
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This is the third consecutive March break that my wife and I have spent in Palm Springs. The numerous hikes in and around Palm Springs are wonderful, varied and thus far we have not hiked the same trail twice. Our last full day included the...More

4  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Good for kids, teens, and adults. Our second time through the canyon, we spent about 2 hours up and down, returning back down the ladder route. For a longer hike, take the loop and come back down the valley bottom. It's a bit of a...More

1  Thank Brent T
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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

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