San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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Indio, US
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Indio, US
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Red Jeep Tours and experience the awe-inspiring San Andreas Fault like never before. Journey into the heart of California's most famous geological wonder and witness the incredible forces of nature that have shaped this landscape. Marvel at the steep-walled canyons and twisted landscapes as your open-air Jeep winds its way through the bones of the earth. Explore a natural palm oasis, where water bubbles up year-round, and learn about the survival techniques of the Cahuilla Indians in this harsh environment. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla people with a guided tour of a recreated Indian Village. This exhilarating tour includes multiple stops for short nature walks, including a hike through a slot canyon. Don't miss out on this opportunity to witness the power and beauty of the San Andreas Fault.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 2-7 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Explore the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system
  • Walk between steep walls of deep canyons
  • Visit a natural palm oasis with crystal clear water
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians
  • Take in spectacular views and learn about the local history and geologic forces
  • Bottled water
  • Naturalist guided open-air Jeep eco-tour
  • Granola snacks
  • Land Use Fees
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink (unless otherwise specified)
  • Hotel Transfers

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The San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert offers an exhilarating adventure deep into the heart of the infamous San Andreas Fault Zone. Red Jeep Tours is the only company that can take you to the awe-inspiring Metate Ranch, where you will witness the incredible forces of nature that have shaped California's stunning landscape. Prepare to be amazed by the steep-walled canyons and twisted, tormented landscapes that are unlike anything you've ever seen before.

What to expect?

During this 180-minute tour, you can expect to immerse yourself in the beauty and power of the San Andreas Fault. Your experienced guide will provide fascinating insights into the geology of the area and lead you on short nature walks to explore the deep canyons and marvel at the mesmerizing views. You'll also have the opportunity to visit a natural palm oasis, where crystal clear water emerges from the underground aquifer year-round. Additionally, you'll step into the recreated Cahuilla Indian Village to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the indigenous people who thrived in this challenging desert environment.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone with a curious spirit. Whether you're a geology enthusiast wanting to witness plate tectonic forces firsthand or simply someone who craves a unique and memorable experience, the San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour is suited to all. The tour is open to all ages, so you can bring your family along for an educational and exciting journey through the wonders of the San Andreas Fault.

Why book this?

What sets the San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour apart is the opportunity to explore one of nature's most dramatic creations while riding in an open-air Jeep. Feel the wind in your hair as you traverse through canyons and get up close to the astonishing geological formations. With every step, you'll be immersed in the history and beauty of the area, gaining a deeper appreciation for the power of nature. This tour offers a unique blend of adventure, education, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable experience that will leave you in awe of the Earth's incredible forces.

Good to know

Before embarking on the tour, be sure to meet your Jeep and guide in the dirt parking lot. Remember, once you turn onto the dirt road, you'll only go about 100 feet before turning left into the large parking lot. If you reach the horse corrals, you've gone too far. Prepare for a 180-minute journey filled with breathtaking sights and opportunities for photography. The tour provides insights into the desert's plants, animals, and local history, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the Coachella Valley's unique ecosystem.


Visitors who have experienced the San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour rave about the incredible landscapes and the knowledgeable guides who provide enriching commentary throughout the journey. They commend the tour for being informative, exciting, and well-organized. Many reviewers express that this tour showcases the natural beauty of the San Andreas Fault like no other and recommend it as a must-do adventure for anyone visiting the Palm Desert area.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

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.

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5 (593)


What an awesome morning! Our guide Ron was so informative and so much fun. It was a perfect day and we learned a lot and saw and experienced a very cool tour. Highly recommend!


Amazing tour. Highly recommended. Had two boys (12 and 15) that loved it. Good mix of things to see and the time flew by.


What a great tour with Landy! He provided so much information on the area. From the tectonic plates, shifting, the local Indian tribe, botantics & wildlife, growing up in Palms Springs. The views were spectacular. He was born to be a guide. I highly recommend this tour.


Such a great day with Timo! Learned so much about the California Fan Palms, Indians and fault. The drive into the faults were amazing! Views were breathtaking! Highly recommend


Landry was a wonderful guide. He knew the perfect picture spots and his knowledge of the wildflowers, geology and history of the San Andrea’s Fault was impeccable. Amble water was provided to keep everyone hydrated too! Thanks for a great experience.


This trip was extremely disappointing. Our guide (Jim) was not very knowledgeable and made a series of embarrassing and inappropriate comments about use if drugs and alcohol (especially since we were there with our nine year old. The trip is far too long —everything after the first hour was a waste of time and the trip ought to be shortened to one hour, not three.


It looked like something different to do, however we had a very hot day for a canyon tour. The jeeps seat 7 people and are covered. The canopy can come off but it would not be a good hair day. We took a bumpy ride into the mountains. We stopped to learn about the fauna. The information we got was good information. We got out of the jeep and walked on loose gravel to see, touch and taste, yes taste some of the shrubs, the walk was a bit too much with the loose gravel. We were climbing over stones and rocks. It was very very hot, we stopped along the way to climb areas for better views. However the climbs were very narrow, slippery and not a straight line up. It was a bit difficult for an older personal. Of course we could have stayed back but we thought we could do the climbs. Some we took a pass. We stopped at an Indian a village which was the most interesting part of the trip. The tour offered plenty of cold water and granola bars. The trip was expensive and we personally just didn’t feel it was worth the money.m


This has all the potential to be an amazing tour of the desert and rock formations in an open air jeep. However instead we got to see a Disney type Indian( native American) village that took up about 1/3 of the tour. If isn't even an authentic village . It is constructed by the tour company. It is like any other model village I've ever been to. We stopped to see a non existent pig and rescue horses that were sleeping in stables that we didn't visit. We stopped to see holes in rocks and different floral varieties along the way. We stopped more than a local train in New Jersey and got in and out of the jeep so much my knees started to kill me. We never got above 10mph. The speedometer said the jeep could go 85mph. This is not a high speed desert tour. This is more like a stop and start tour of mostly man made objects in the desert. The tour guide clearly loved his job and was very knowledgeable about the terrain and the history of the earth and the local civilizations that have lived here. The tour lacked oomph and obviously speed. It isn't an all thrills ride at all. I think I could have walked it quicker.


A great way to experience the desert up close and personal. Our driver/ guide Cal was personable and competent in every way.


We loved everything about this ½ day trip with Red Jeep Tours. Charles, our guide, was so knowledgeable about the plant life, the geology and the local history. He told stories throughout the entire trip! The short hike to the desert oasis was so pretty, with all the palms and, eventually, the running water. The stories in the Native American village were fascinating. My favorite part of the day was the hike through the slot canyon—so awesome and definitely not something we’d have attempted on our own. We enjoyed all three parts to the trip! We appreciated the bottled water he provided, as it did get hot towards the end of our morning. And we loved the photos he took for us. We also took him up on some of his Palm Springs recommendations for lunch spots and other places to hike—which turned out to be some of the highlights of our trip! Definitely an A+ experience!
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-19 17:01