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Mecca Hills County Park (Mecca Hills Wilderness) is a less 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.
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elevation: -180' population: 7,123 zip code: 92254


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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
  • mecca campgrounds

    Mecca Hills County Park
    Box Canyon
    Anza Borrego Desert State Park
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Mecca Beach Campground - Salton Sea
    Headquarters Campground - Salton Sea
    New Camp - Salton Sea
    Corvina Beach - Salton Sea
    Corn Springs Campground BLM

    tent camping

    The actual town is nothing more than a gas station mini-market place, maybe a taco shop if you're lucky. 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
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