CALIFORNIA TOURIST GUIDE
Things to do and see in Southern California
LADDER CANYON TRAILHEAD
PAINTED CANYON ROAD
MECCA HILLS WILDERNESS

Main Canyon towards Ladder Canyon
Main Canyon towards Ladder Canyon

Take this canyon about 1/4 mile and Ladder
Canyon is on the left. Ladder Canyon is much
smaller and narrow, you might walk right past
it... keep an eye open for the trail marker and
the rock slide at the entrance to Ladder Canyon.

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Rock Slide at the entrance to Ladder Canyon
Trail is on right side of the Rock Slide. The
first ladder is just a short distance, followed
by another ladder, then you know this is the
right trail.

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Ladder Canyon

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Ladder Canyon

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Views of Salton Sea

LADDER CANYON
Called Ladder Canyon because you have to
climb ladders to gain access to the slot canyons.

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

Ladder Canyon Trailhead
Ladder Canyon Trailhead

Near entrance of Ladder Canyon Trailhead
Near entrance of Ladder Canyon Trailhead

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Main Canyon past Ladder Canyon Trailhead

DIRECTIONS:
From Highway 111 at Mecca
Go east on 66th Ave. about 5 miles
Turn left on Painted Canyon Road
About 4 1/2 miles to Ladder Canyon
From I-10/ Exit 168
(5 miles west of Chiriaco Summit)
Take Box Canyon Road about 15 miles.
Turn right on Painted Canyon Road.
About 4 1/2 miles to Ladder Canyon

Painted Canyon
Painted Canyon

Ladder Canyon Trailhead is at the end
Painted Canyon Road. There is parking
and a turnaround, but beware of loose
sand areas.

From the parking area, there is a marker
pointing towards the trailhead. Walk about
1/4 mile up the main canyon and there is
another marker that points towards Ladder
Canyon Trialhead. It looks like a rock slide
and hard to be sure this is an actual trail.
Stay to the right of the rocks and working
your way around and through the boulders,
the first ladder is only a short distance...

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

DISTANCES FROM MECCA
Brawley 63 miles
Indio 13 miles

MAP

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
Box Canyon Road is east from Painted Canyon.
Instead of turning on Painted Canyon Road,
continue on Box Canyon Road.

PAINTED CANYON
Camp areas near Ladder Canyon

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

Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain

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

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.

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.

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Snow capped mountains from Whitewater
Rest Area in January 2006

CAMPGROUND INDEX

CAMPING RECIPES

CAMPING CHECKLISTS

TOURIST PHOTOS

Mecca California
Litter near Mecca, California

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CALIFORNIA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
MECCA HILL WILDERNESS
PAINTED CANYON ROAD
LADDER CANYON TRAILHEAD