• Box Canyon - Mecca, California

      Photo by Peter Thody
      This canyon provides a convenient link between the desert community of Mecca and southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and yet the short drive through this badlands country can feel very remote indeed. Low canyon walls rise steeply from the sandy floor either side of the road and it's certainly not somewhere you'd want to suffer vehicle problems. The canyon also provides access to the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area, 26,000 acres of unusual geological formations created by the San Andreas Fault.

      If you go:
      The Painted Canyon - rock formations in various sales of red, pink and orange - can be reached via a 4-mile gravel road leading north from the western end of Box Canyon Road.


      State Highway 195
      (Box Canyon Road)
      Mecca, California 92254 USA

      Mailing address:
      Bureau of Land Management
      Palm Springs - South Coast Field Office
      1201 Bird Center Drive
      Palm Springs, CA 92262 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Bureau of Land Management
      +1 (760) 833-7100