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Painted Canyon Geologic Area

Mecca Hills, Riverside County, California

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Location map of Painted Canyon

The Mecca Hills form the eastern boundary of the Coachella Valley. Its rocks have been uplifted, faulted, and folded by faults associated with the southern San Andreas Fault zone. The fault zone extends along the eastern side of the Coachella Valley and the Salton Sea.

Painted Canyon is a scenic geologic area located in the Mecca Hills. It is accessible via a well-maintained unpaved road that intersects Box Canyon Road about 4 miles east of Mecca and 12 miles south of the southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Painted Canyon Road is a non-wilderness corridor into the heart of the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area. Painted Canyon features Precambrian to Quaternary rock formations, unconformities, badlands and other desert landforms, slot canyons, and diverse habitats for Colorado Desert fauna and flora. The Wilderness Area is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in cooperation with other federal, state, and local organizations.

See nearby Joshua Tree National Park or Coachella Valley Preserve.

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