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Great, 1 of the highlights of our journey!

What a beautiful, yet strenious hike! We seemed to be the only people visiting the canyon that... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Hot but worth it!

Not easy to find (esp when the GPS didn't recognize the location) but worth the drive from... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2018
Carla W
Vancouver, Canada
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A variety of colors paint the rocks here, giving this unique location its name.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 20 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

1  Thank Carla W
Reviewed 20 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.

Thank 572jingl
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

Thank TribTraveler
Reviewed 28 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

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

1  Thank victoriadsmommy
Reviewed 13 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

3  Thank JinCGY
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We didn’t have a whole lot of time to spend here and were with a 7 year old and a 3 year old, so we didn’t get through most of the hike, but what we got through was so cool! Next time we will devote...More

2  Thank Molly C
Reviewed 30 April 2018

This is a great easy couple hour hike about 45 minute drive from Palm Desert. Beautiful rock formations thanks to the San Andres fault line. It's also the place they filmed Planet of the Apes. Don't go if there is even the slightest chance of...More

2  Thank CorinaIW
Reviewed 29 April 2018

We had been to Palm Springs before but had not read about Painted Canyon as a good place to hike. Some friends mentioned it to us and we were glad we went. The hike to the top is a bunch of small twisty trails where...More

2  Thank jimf2010
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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.
8 March 2018|
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Response from AnnKoYo | Reviewed this property |
We did not use a guide but there were plenty of other people on the trail on a Saturday morning - not crowded, but enough that if you had a questions you did not have to wait long to get an answer. Two tricky parts - when... More
12 April 2017|
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Response from Blaine J | Reviewed this property |
This is not a state park, but the surroundings are amazing, and as we just found out this year there are many other hikes close by.( The Grotto, Hidden Springs, all in the Mecca Hills area.....) Enjoy!