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Mecca Hills County Park (Mecca Hills Wilderness) is a popular desert park south of Palm Springs, CA. Located at the end of Painted Canyon Road, off of Box Canyon Road. This low desert region has an elevation below sea level, located between the Salton Sea and Joshua Tree National Park, and is full of unique geological finds. Slot canyons, washes, mud caves, hiking trails and primitive camping.
elevation: -180'
population: 7,123
zip code: 92254


agriculture desert

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Riverside County
SE of Palm Springs
on Hwy 111



  • biking
  • camping
  • hiking
  • off-roading
  • agriculture
  • wildflowers
  • picnic
  • slot canyons
  • desert washes
  • parks, forests, rivers & lakes:

  • Orocopia Mountains Wilderness BLM
  • Mecca Hills Wilderness BLM
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park
  • Salton Sea SRA
  • Coachella Valley Recreation
  • Painted Canyon Trailhead
  • Ladder Canyon
  • description:
    The actual town is nothing more than a gas station mini-market place, maybe a taco shop if you're lucky. Mostly residential. Mecca is a small, agricultural community on the north side of the Salton Sea, in between Anza Borrego Desert and Joshua Tree Park. FREE CAMPING on Box Canyon Road, just off Interstate 10 in the southern California desert.

    nearby towns:
    Salton City
    Borrego Springs

    Mecca: Box Canyon


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