Painted Gorge is a natural canyon located in Ocotillo, which has is known for its colorful rock formations caused by millions of years of erosion and geographical movement. The striking colors show up mostly in the summer and provide visitors with picturesque views.
The gorge is most popular during the early fall and spring due to the pleasant temperatures and cacti that are in bloom. The terrain is quire rugged and it is recommended that visitors have a 4x4 or off road vehicle to navigate the terrain.
The canyon begins at sea level and rises up to approximately 3,000 feet above sea level. Hikers, backpackers, and campers will find many outdoor activities to keep them occupied. There are several mud caves and small hiking trails to explore once inside the canyon. There are no services in Painted Gorge so it is best to be prepared with water, food, and shelter upon arrival.
During the spring there are often flash floods so visitors should be aware of the potential weather hazard. Inexperienced hikers or new visitors should bring a GPS or map as the terrain can start to all look the same. Painted Gorge is also known as an excellent place to ride motorcycles.