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Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon Rd., Mecca, California 92254 USA

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 04, 2016
Rated 5.0

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. They all had a blast climbing the ladders, hiking the canyon and seeing all the different rocks and colors. A couple tips your car can get stuck on the way in, it can make it but we saw some people stuck. There are bees and at some spots lots of them just be aware. Bring water and snacks. Come early, it can get packed and really hot as the day gets later. ALWAYS check the weather, this is a wash, you don't want to get caught in this area during a down pour. Don't turn around after the ladders are done there is so much more beauty to see! For more information about this area check out my blog for trailhead links and pictures. Happy Hiking!

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Anthony Arata

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December 12, 2020
Rated 5.0

This is a follow up to my previous review. The sign says 4 wheel drive vehicles only when you get to the trail that goes off towards it, but you can absolutely do this in a regular car. I decided to chance it and we made it all the way to the canyon, its just bumpy. We got further in and found a spot that looked not as reliable and got out to walk in the remaining distance and saw a Prius driving out. Needless to say after that we drove the rest of the way in and it was 100% worth it! This place is so so gorgeous.

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Anthony Arata

  • 122 Reviews
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October 24, 2019
Rated 5.0

I was really looking forward to checking this place out. I saw the other review said the road could be a problem to pass for some vehicles. Once I arrived at the road that leads to painted canyon, I saw a sign that says “Passable for 4-wheel drive vehicles only”. I have a 2-wheel drive truck, so gave it a shot. About a 1/4 mile down the road I decided to turn around because I didn’t want to get stuck out here. This place is literally in the middle of nowhere. I’m sure it’s beautiful from the other pics but only worth trying if you have a 4-wheel drive car. On a side note, the drive through the canyon on the way to this road is incredibly beautiful, so it’s worth at least driving through.

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Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon Rd.
Mecca, California
92254 USA

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