A scenic road (CA 195) runs through the ravine, linking CA 111 with I-10 and continuing on into Joshua Tree National Park
. Plant life is limited to scattered bushes and palo verde trees along the sandy floor - the jagged rock walls are completely bare. The surrounding hills contain other narrow ravines, some of which become authentic slot canyons, plus springs, oases and a large area of vividly colored badlands; one other famous location is Painted Canyon
, reached by a 4 mile gravel track leading off Box Canyon road, which has impressive rock formations in shades of pink, orange and red and grey. This particular ravine leads into the heart of the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area, a 24,000 acre preserve created by the 1994 California Desert protection act.
It only takes about 15 minutes to drive through the interesting part, after which the road crosses the much more open Shavers Valley, and although there are no official trails, several days could be spent investigating the surrounding country. There are various places for camping by the roadside - good locations to stay but often with quite a lot of litter.