Road Trip to Salton City and Coyote Canyon

Coyote Canyon
January 16 – Road trip to a real movie set!

Get up real early, wake the family, and pile into the car to be in La Quinta for the Annual Coyote Canyon Exploration Hike. It’s a 68 mile drive from here to La Quinta and the hike starts at 8:00am. Click the link to register.

Coyote Canyon Trail is part of Paramount Ranch. Formerly owned by Paramount Studios, the Ranch served as a ‘movie ranch’ for the studio from 1927 to 1953. Parts of the ranch were, and still are, used for movie and television filming. Many of the trails pass through real-life set locations, and there is still Western Town. Hike up Medea Creek Trail to reach a spur trail to an overlook to get a view of the ranch, the beautiful wild flowers, and the ‘town’ which was used to represent the old west.

The Coyote Canyon hike is 3.7 miles, moderate difficulty, and was once a trail used by Native Americans. Meet at the Trails parking lot on the corner of Calle Tecate and Avenida Bermudas. Fun for hikers, mountain bikers, horse riders, and dogs on leashes.

Coyote Canyon | Salton City | Mud Volcanoes


Salton City

So, you get about halfway back to The Springs at Borrego RV Resort when somebody has to use the bathroom, somebody else wants a candy bar, and the somebody sitting behind the steering wheel realizes the car needs gas. Oh! What to do? Stop in Salton City, home of Art, Mud Volcanoes, and the International Banana Museum.

Art – Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is Leonard Knight’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message… “God Is Love.” Leonard’s passion has lovingly created this man-made ‘mountain’ resplendent with biblical passages as well as flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and other colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated. Its 50-foot height and 150-foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint. It is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. From the Sea of Galilee at the bottom to the big red heart in the middle, and the cross at the very top, the recurring theme of ‘Love’ is everywhere at Salvation Mountain.

Mud Volcanoes

Awesome! A natural geothermal event happening every day forming mud volcanoes making funny and amazing sounds. “Glup” and “fiss” are some of the sounds coming from different areas around you. Be careful, the mud coming out of these volcanoes is very hot. And the sulphur smell!


In the nearby teeny town of Mecca is the International Banana Museum. One whole dollar to get in, free if you buy something. Over 25,000 banana-related items, plus banana ice cream and banana milk shakes. Go Bananas – this fun place is ‘a-peeling’! Usually open on weekends, but call before you go – (619) 840-1429.

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