Box Canyon Road towards Painted Canyon Road
with view of the Salton Sea.
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)
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.
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
Field of Red Bell Peppers on 66th Ave.
Mecca Hills and Painted Canyon in background;
Orange Grove on 66th Ave.
DISTANCES FROM MECCA
Brawley 63 miles
Indio 13 miles
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
Box Canyon Camp Area
Instead of turning on Painted Canyon Road,
continue on Box Canyon Road. More canyons
and badlands. Primitive camping areas along
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
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
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
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
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
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 Memorial Museum
Interstate 10/ Exit 173 at Chiriaco Summit
General Patton Statue
Flag is proudly waving in background
Wind turbines along I-10
"THE WIND FARM"
Photo from Whitewater Rest Area on I-10
West from Palm Springs and Cathedral City.
Snow capped mountains from Whitewater
Rest Area in January 2006
Are you kidding?
$25,000 per acre seems expensive for desert
and wasteland, but what do we know.