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Address: Palm Springs, CA
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its...

A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.

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Amazing hike hidden in the desert

It is at first hard to believe that such a place exists in the seemingly barren desert. But lo and behold, a few miles off the the road is a gorgeous hike. There are actually... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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North Central Massachusetts
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North Central Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is at first hard to believe that such a place exists in the seemingly barren desert. But lo and behold, a few miles off the the road is a gorgeous hike. There are actually three associated trails - Ladder Canyon, Little Painted Canyon, and Big Painted Canyon that more or less connect. We did Little Painted Canyon - after... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This interesting hiking area takes about a 40 minute drive from downtown Palm Springs. You will experience some of the more interesting desert canyon rock formations and feeling of being in a very remote place. Take plenty of water with you because it can get very warm. Also do not go if there is a chance of rain or a... More 

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dira-the-explorer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

In less than an hour from Palm Springs you can experience this awesome place. A hike like no other, unearthly surroundings and mother nature's art. I was a little concerned that with my less than perfect knees and moderate fear of heights that the ladders would spook me but I did just fine with the help of my young strong... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

I have lived in So Cal all my life and I love the desert so when I found out about this place I couldn't believe that I didn't know about it before. I have been back twice in the same year. The first time just my boyfriend and I, the 2nd time my brother and kids ages 6 to 13.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

The ladders hike is located here. Head down I10 toward the Salton Sea. Jump off the freeway and you see amazingly productive farms and maybe the sea. The last 4-5 miles to the trailhead can be a dusty, rough road. Follow the arrows in the ground to head up... its easy to miss some of the route but its a... More 

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Fort Payne, Alabama
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

After reading several reviews cautioning about auto break ins, we decided to give it a try and leave nothing in the car. It is way off the beaten path. The road you turn onto to go to the canyon clearly states that you need a 4wd. The road was very dry and looked well packed so we went in anyway.... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We arrived at 0700. Rather than take the first route we chose to go to the end and work backwards. While I think this is easier physically it requires climbing down rock faces rather than up them. While climbing up requires more effort I feel it would be safer, not that this hike is dangerous other than in a flood... More 

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Point Cook, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Another lovely location for a hike and great to see the many colors of the rocks and cliff faces:)...

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

We had a great hike at painted canyon! Make sure you pick the right slot canyon (there are rock arrows on the ground) so you don't end up adding 2 hours to your hike, like we did. Also, watch out for rattle snakes, they camouflage very well with the rocks!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

once you figure out which way to go it s a great hike. follow the arrow made with stone on the ground at the trailhead , and the hike through the narrow part of the canyon is interesting ! then the view from the top is amazing. then keep climbing to the top , the painted canyon will be on... More 

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