Panorama of Painted Canyon

Free camping and campgrounds
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
PAINTED CANYON ROAD
LADDER CANYON TRAILHEAD
MECCA HILLS WILDERNESS
Dispersed and Primitive Camping

Painted Canyon Road is about 4 1/2 mile
long, with unique and inspiring landscapes.
There are several great camping areas.

Painted Canyon Road
Painted Canyon Road

Painted Canyon Road
Painted Canyon Road

Painted Canyon Road
Painted Canyon Road

Painted Canyon
Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon
Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon
Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon

Painted Canyon Road
Painted Canyon Road

This is a flash flood area and should be
avoided in bad weather. Carry extra food
and water.

Camp areas on Painted Canyon Road
Camp areas on Painted Canyon Road

Camp areas on Painted Canyon Road
Camp areas on Painted Canyon Road

Painted Canyon Road
End of Painted Canyon Road

PHOTO HERE
Ladder Canyon

PHOTO HERE
Ladder Canyon

LADDER CANYON
Wilderness Access - Foot and Horse Travel Only
Called Ladder Canyon because you have to
climb ladders to gain access to the slot canyons.

Ladder Canyon Trailhead
Towards the Ladder Canyon Trailhead

Box Canyon Road towards Salton Sea
Box Canyon Road towards Painted Canyon Road
with view of the Salton Sea.

DIRECTIONS:
From I-10/ Exit 168.
(5 miles west of Chiriaco Summit)
Take Box Canyon Road west about 15 miles.
Turn right on Painted Canyon Road.

From Mecca go east on 66th Ave.
Turn left on Painted Canyon Road
(About 5 miles from Mecca)

ROAD CONDITIONS
Washboards and soft shoulders...
Stay on main road and hard packed
surfaces. There are areas of loose sand
and would be easy to get stuck if not
cautious. There is a turnaround area
at the end of the road.

Parking area at Ladder Canyon Trailhead
Cars in parking area at Ladder Canyon Trailhead

4x4 vehicles recommended, but we have
seen recreational vehicles, trailers, and
passenger cars. Be aware of weather
conditions.

Field of Red Bell Peppers
Field of Red Bell Peppers on 66th Ave.
Mecca Hills and Painted Canyon in background;

PHOTO HERE
Orange Grove on 66th Ave.

DISTANCES FROM MECCA
Brawley 63 miles
Indio 13 miles

MAP

Elevation at Mecca is 180' below sea level.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Bureau of Land Management
Palm Springs - South Coast Resource Area
690 West Garnet Avenue
Palm Springs, CA 92258
760-251-4800

Box Canyon Road
Box Canyon Camp Area

BOX CANYON
Instead of turning on Painted Canyon Road,
continue on Box Canyon Road. More canyons
and badlands. Primitive camping areas along
the road..

Salton Sea
Salton Sea

Salton Sea Bird Landing
Bird landing on Salton Sea

Salton Sea was created in 1905 - 1906
Original Size: 45 miles by 17 miles wide
Original Surface Level: 195' below sea level
Today: 35 miles by 15 miles wide
Surface Area: 360 square miles
Surface Elevation: 228' below sea level
110 miles of shoreline
Average Depth: Less than 20'
Deepest Area: 50'
Summer temp. is 92 degrees
Winter temp. is 55 degrees

Salton Sea
Salton Sea

SALTON SEA
Tourist Information and Travel Guide
For more information about the Salton
Sea and surrounding area.

Showers at Headquarters Campground
Hwy.111 south from North Shore.
$6.00 Day Use receipt required
Then cost 25 for 5 minutes.

Shower between Niland and Slab City
Shower between Niland and Slab City

Showers at SLAB CITY
East from Niland on Hwy.111
Free... check photos and information

Showers at Ocotillo Wells SVRA
Off Road Vehicle Recreation Area
Hwy.78 west of Ocotillo Wells
Cost $.50

Showers at Laundromat in Quartzsite, AZ
$5 includes towels and sundries.
(Closed in summer months)

Good drinking water at Whitewater
Rest Area on I-10 near Palm Springs.

Bay Tree Spring
Bay Tree Spring

Best spring water at BAY TREE SPRING
Hwy 243. Between Grandview Ranger
Station and Lake Fulmor.

Cheapest gas in Arizona.
I-10 / Exit#1 at the Flying-J in at Ehrenberg
(On this day was about 40 less than California)

Lowest priced gas in SE California in Coachella
Food4Less had a 5 cent discount if you buy
$25 in groceries. (Jan. 2007)

Dos Palmas Preserve
Dos Palmas Preserve

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Joshua Tree National Park is north from
Box Canyon. From Box Canyon Road,
continue north on Cottonwood Road.
(Over the Interstate-10 bridge)

GENERAL PATTON MUSEUM
General Patton Memorial Museum
Interstate 10/ Exit 173 at Chiriaco Summit
N 3339.697
W 11543.330

GENERAL PATTON MUSEUM
General Patton Statue
Flag is proudly waving in background

I-10 Wind Turbines
Wind turbines along I-10
"THE WIND FARM"
Photo from Whitewater Rest Area on I-10
West from Palm Springs and Cathedral City.

PHOTO HERE
Snow capped mountains from Whitewater
Rest Area in January 2006

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?
$25,000 per acre seems expensive for desert
and wasteland, but what do we know.

Also see: AFTON CANYON
Also see:
ALAMO LAKE
Also see:
BETTY'S KITCHEN
Also see:
BLAIR VALLEY
Also see:
BOX CANYON
Also see:
CARRIZO BADLANDS
Also see:
CIBOLA / COLORADO RIVER
Also see:
COLORADO DESERT
Also see:
CRAGGY WASH
Also see:
CRYSTAL HILL
Also see:
DOME ROCK MOUNTAIN
Also see:
GLAMIS
Also see: HOLTVILLE HOT SPRINGS
Also see:
JOSHUA TREE
Also see:
KING VALLEY
Also see:
LAKE HAVASU
Also see:
MOJAVE DESERT
Also see:
NEEDLE MOUNTAINS
Also see:
OSBORNE WASH
Also see:
PALM CANYON
Also see:
PALO VERDE
Also see:
PLOMOSA ROAD
Also see:
SLAB CITY
Also see:
SCADDAN WASH
Also see:
SWANSEA TOWNSITE

Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain

SALVATION MOUNTAIN
Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain
Take Hwy.111 south to Niland, CA

CAMPGROUND INDEX

CAMPING RECIPES

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TOURIST PHOTOS

Painted Canyon Flora
Plant

Dried Mud
Dried Mud

Target Practice Shotgun Shells
Target Practice Shotgun Shells

Mecca California could be the most littered
city in the USA? There is litter and garbage
everywhere, the first impression you have
is that it must of all blown here from Los
Angeles. Then you examine the situation
and there are several mountain ranges and
the Salton Sea in between Mecca and LA.
Then you examine the situation even more
and start asking questions like how could
automobile tires, refrigerators and mattresses
blow here from that far a distance? I have never
seen so much litter with the exception of the
Superbowl or other major events... and Slab
City...

Mecca California
Litter near Mecca, California

Mecca California
Litter near Mecca, California

Mecca California
Litter near Mecca, California

Painted Canyon Litter
Litter near Mecca, California
For miles in every direction is completely
covered in garbage.

NO SE PERMITE
TIRAR A LA BASURA

Salton Sea Dead Fish
Dead fish on shores of Salton Sea

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Free campgrounds and camping
CALIFORNIA CAMPGROUND DIRECTORY
MECCA HILL WILDERNESS
PAINTED CANYON ROAD
LADDER CANYON TRAILHEAD