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Overview

Explore the geology around California’s legendary San Andreas fault during a Jeep tour from Palm Desert. See a desert oasis fed by an underground spring as your naturalist guide describes how the Native American Cahuilla tribe used the desert's plants for food, medicine, and shelter. Marvel at steep-walled canyons and tall twisted rock mountains, and learn about the plant and animal life of the area. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour that includes light snacks, bottled water, and round-trip transport from Palm Desert.
  • Small-group open-air Jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault, from Palm Desert
  • Walk around a desert oasis fed by underground water sources
  • Hear about geology and California's earthquakes
  • Learn about the Native American Cahuilla tribe and early pioneer settlers
  • Travel with an expert naturalist guide
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience
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Naturalist guided open-air Jeep eco-tour
Granola snacks
Bottled water
Land Use Fees
Gratuities
Food and drink (unless otherwise specified)
Metate Ranch - Red Jeep Tours by Desert Adventures departure location , 38635 Monroe St, Indio, CA 92203, USA

Meet your Jeep and Guide in the dirt parking lot. NOTE: Once you turn onto the dirt road, you will only go about 100 feet before you turn left into a big dirt parking lot. If you get to the horse corals, you've gone too far. Please turn around and go back to the parking lot.

This activity will end right where it started.
After pickup at a central location in Palm Desert, enjoy a scenic drive through the Coachella Valley, until you reach your starting point.

Your guide explains the ecology of this desert environment and takes you to see an underground creek that has been forced up to the surface by the fault lines, creating a green oasis that supports a range of plant and animal life.

Then go to a recreated Native American site that illustrates how the native Cahuilla people managed to live in this harsh climate. See homes, a sweat lodge, and artifacts, and hear details about the survival skills needed for living in the desert.

Next up, get a close look at the San Andreas fault on an easy walk into a slot canyon. Your guide shows you arreas of the rock that reveal the region's unique geology and discusses the impact of the collision of the Pacific and North American plates.

At the end of your tour, your guide returns you to the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
San Andreas Fault
Experience the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system as your guide describes the geology of the area and you explore the bones of the earth. Don't forget your camera - the photo opportunities are endless! Take a walk between the steep walls of deep canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time. Explore a natural palm oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifer year round. Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more as you tour a recreated Cahuilla Indian Village. Learn about the plants and animals of the California desert and take in spectacular views as your guide describes the geologic forces and local history that shaped the Coachella Valley.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 guests per booking is required
  • Closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen are strongly advised
  • As desert temperatures may vary, dressing in layers would be advised
  • Please call the reservation's desk a day or two before your tour to confirm your pickup time and location. Failure to call, however, will NOT result in cancellation of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests with neck or back problems or pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester should consult with their doctor before taking a Jeep Tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Desert Adventures - Palm Springs
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert.

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Blazing trials in a Radio Flyer
Jill_E
, Nov 2021
Jenny was a wealth of information in amiable guide. She was able to answer all our questions and gave us an amazing experience. I highly recommend this trip for people interested in the history of the Coachella Valley and neighboring areas
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Highly suggest this!
Kim_S
, Nov 2021
Great Tour Guide. The whole ride was fascinating. Nature, history and beauty. We booked with a last minute decision but so glad we did!
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Once in a lifetime trip to this unique area
David_B
, Nov 2021
Donna was a great guide and driver. The oasis was a real treat and the educational points were a bonus. Well worth doing.
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Fantastic tour!
Rosario_V
, Oct 2021
Rick was a fabulous tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and personable. I highly recommend this tour.
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Amazing San Andreas fault tour
Diane
, Sep 2021
This was a very interesting and informative tour through rough rocky terrain and canyons. Our guide Jake was wonderful-very knowledgeable and told us great stories and facts about the area. Watch out for the jumping cholla cactus!!!! We saw a beautiful oasis and then climbed through slot canyons to see the effect of the San Andreas fault. I was surprised to find out that there was not actually a visible “fault” or crack in the earth but we could see the effect of the fault movement on the rocky formations. All in all a great experience and a chance to see things you normally would not have the chance to see
star-5
Great experience. About 1 hour too long though
Robert_R
, Sep 2021
Charles was really knowledgeable and he truly enjoys his job and sharing his knowledge. We learned so much
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Highlight of our Palm Springs vacation
Kim_D
, Aug 2021
Seeing a real oasis in the middle of the desert was a unique experience. Our tour guide Morgan was so friendly and knowledgeable and she drove that jeep through the twists of the terrain like a boss! My 4 kids really enjoyed this exciting ride and learned some fun facts along the way. It was the local highlight of our trip and very memorable with all the beautiful scenery and so many great photo opportunities!
star-5
Great tour!
Cheryl_E
, Jul 2021
Wow…Mike and Travis were wonderful guides!! Very knowledgeable, super friendly and thoughtful in their information, really engaging, especially for our teens! We learned a lot in the short time we were with them.
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Jeep Adventure from Desert to Oasis
Linda_P
, May 2021
Great day! Very interesting information learned about our valley! Great driver and views from the the jeep! The Petersens
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Awesome!
Ellen_T
, Apr 2021
This was such an awesome adventure! Our tour guide, Dan, was fantastic! My kids, 8 and 11, also had a very fun time!
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