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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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Indio, United States

From $250.00

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icon3 to 4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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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
Naturalist guided open-air Jeep eco-tour
Granola snacks
Bottled water
Land Use Fees
Gratuities
Food and drink (unless otherwise specified)

Departure Point

Desert Adventures Metate Ranch, 38635 Monroe St, Indio, CA 92203, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
We offer complimentary pickup from the cities of Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Thousand Palms, and Bermuda Dunes.

Pickup from Cathedral City or Palm Springs is available for an additional $50/Jeep charge or guests can meet at our main pickup location: Metate Ranch. For pickup from these cities, please contact us after booking.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Desert Adventures - Palm Springs

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • 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 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert.

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AF Jeep experience
Colleen_M
, Mar 2020
Our guide (Morgan) was excellent. Loved all the information. I found the experience fascinating. I didn’t realize we’d get info on agriculture and the indigenous people.
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Perfect combination of fun and infomation
Elizabeth_B
, Feb 2020
Darrel, our guide was very knowledgeable and personable. I am recommending this tour to all my friends and can’t wait for our next Red Jeep tour!
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Awesome
Joseph_Z
, Feb 2020
The trip was amazing Lane did great job very informative and would recommend everyone who visits the desert should do it! N
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Great Red Jeep Tour
mgkerr
, Feb 2020
Great experience. Our driver/guide Bonnie was excellent-very knowledgeable/professional/friendly. Would highly recommend.
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Tour was as promised
900donnav
, Dec 2019
Our tour guide Jim made the morning most informative and memorable. He made the desert come alive. Everyone should take a tour like this otherwise they may see this valley only as a hot desert. It is so much more. Our driver was prompt and very considerate concerning the different ages of those in the group. Thank you Jim.
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Great experience
donaldweintraub
, Oct 2019
The tour guide was fantastic and even gave us his biz card to answer any questions after the tour. Lots of history mixed in with good earthquake info. Great scenario my and nice jeep on great condition. Highly recommended
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San Andreas Fault Tour - Great
hboylebristow
, Sep 2019
Rick gave us a wonderful tour of the San Andreas Fault. He was very knowledgeable and personable. We loved it!
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Amazing trip! Our tour guide, Jay, was excellent!
courtneyjones302
, Aug 2019
Still giving this tour a 5 star rating although the first tour guide we met was rude. We were told we were with the second jeep that was on its way and we were relieved. Our actual tour guide was named Jay and he was one cool dude! He made the tour so much fun! He knew all of his material and then some. We were lucky to get a tour guide like him. We learned so many new things about the fault and the hiking was the right amount. Thank you for a great time! ( Tour 8/24 at 830)
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Awesome Tour
ecsubscriptions
, Aug 2019
Great tour. Very educational. John was a great tour guide provided a lot of information including hands on experiences. He was also very engaging and entertaining. Also I accidentally book the tour on the wrong day. The company was very accommodating and willing to reschedule.
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Great Trip
Scenic47355042506
, Oct 2018
This was a super interesting trip, and we all benefitted greatly from all the information on the fault line and the desert our guide Cheyenne shared with us. It was well worth it.

Product code: 2335PA

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