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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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This awe-inspiring journey from Palm Desert takes you deep into the heart of California’s world-famous San Andreas Fault. On this open-air Jeep eco-tour, experience the forces of nature that have created amazing, steep-walled canyons and the most twisted and tormented landscapes on Earth!
  • Explore California’s San Andreas Fault during this small-group Jeep tour 
  • A naturalist guide teaches you about the area’s geology
  • Walk around a desert oasis that’s fed by an underground spring
  • Visit a Native American site to see how the Cahuilla tribe once lived there
  • Bottled water is provided to keep you hydrated in the heat
  • Choose between two departure times to best suit your schedule 
  • Round-trip transport from Palm Desert included for your convenience
What to Expect
This San Andreas Fault tour by Jeep starts with a pickup at your Palm Desert hotel. Your driver takes a route through the Coachella Valley as you make your way to a private reserve for your tour. Once there, board an open-air Jeep, and take off with a naturalist guide through the San Andreas Fault. Your guide tells you interesting facts about the geology of the area, pointing out desert landscapes, wildlife, and an oasis that’s fed from an underground spring. Next, head to a Native American site where you can learn about how the Cahuilla tribe survived living in the harsh desert climates. Also hear stories about the history of American and European settlers, too. Lastly, walk through a canyon while listening to stories about the Pacific and North American plates and how they affect earthquakes. Your tour ends with a drop-off back in Palm Desert.
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Important Information
Departure Point
78375 Varner Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is offered from the cities of La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage, subject to availability. Additional pickup fees may apply.

Please contact Desert Adventures after booking to request hotel pickup.
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Naturalist guided open-air Jeep eco-tour
  • Granola snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Land Use Fees
  • Entry/Admission - San Andreas Fault
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink (unless otherwise specified)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, 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
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a great tour. Theresa was a fantastic guide. She was extremely knowledgeable, prepared, funny and super friendly.

Thank Y5165NEpatriciab
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide Rick-o-pedia was fantastic - he clearly loves his job and does it with great enthusiasm. He has great knowledge and we learned a lot about the area and the geology that created it. We were also pleased to hear about the testing the...More

1  Thank brewsterway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was very informative. We learned lots of interesting information about the Coachella valley, including the geologic setting, native inhabitants, wildlife, and history. Our guide Rick was entertaining, knowledgeable, and made the trip very enjoyable. It was warm and a little humid on the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank gordon s
Reviewed 6 August 2019 via mobile

I will do it again! Very educational. Take friends and family. The guide knew her stuff. This site shouldn't require 100 words. I'm not that talkatove!

Thank Carolyn R
Reviewed 4 July 2019

We have vacationed in the USA for around 20 years and have done many tours in that time. This one is probably the best we have done. The tour is well organised and the tour guides are very professional. Water is available throughout the tour...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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25 June 2019|
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Response from p f | Reviewed this property |
The jeep is shaded and you are only out in the sun when you want to be - There are also washrooms breaks...………..
Mary F
12 April 2019|
Response from Wanda H | Reviewed this property |
Check with the Jeep Co. They have specific stops, but it may depend on how many in your group. They can take 7.
25 November 2018|
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Response from tenacious1 | Reviewed this property |
It is bumpy at times. If the tour Is full then there isn’t much leg room at all. I think it would only work for you if there is an empty spot across from you. Depending on how long your legs are that might not even be... More
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