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Chino Canyon

Chino Canyon is a 5.5-mile (8.9 km) long desert canyon, and its associated stream is a tributary of the Whitewater River in Riverside County, California, United States. The canyon is located in the northern part of the San Jacinto Mountains and is part of the Coachella Valley. It is one of the steepest canyons in North America, dropping from over 8,500 feet (2,600 m) at the south rim to less than 2,700 feet (820 m) on the valley floor in less than a mile. The southernmost, upper reaches of the canyon are bordered by Mount San Jacinto State Park. The canyon mouth at the north end is being encroached by the outskirts of Palm Springs, California. Chino Canyon is the site of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.[1]

Chino Canyon Creek

Chino Canyon is a rare desert canyon where substantial springs are present. These produce a waterfall and a sizeable stream that peaks out at about 5.4 ft3 per second (0.15 m3 per second). The stream flows under the visitor center and dries up about 3.5 miles down the canyon.[2]

Coordinates: 33°51′52″N 116°34′16″W / 33.86444°N 116.57111°W / 33.86444; -116.57111[3]

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