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California Overland Desert Excursions

Address: 1233 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Phone Number: +1 760-767-1232
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Owner description: Exciting Day and Overnight Excursions in the amazing Anza-Borrego Desert aboard authentic military...
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Owner description: Exciting Day and Overnight Excursions in the amazing Anza-Borrego Desert aboard authentic military vehicles and vintage Jeep CJ7. Also, Wine Tasting Tours featuring a gourmet barbecue in the Julian Back Country. We are a contracted concessionaire of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and a state-licensed passenger carrier.

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Denver, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Recently my (2) sons, ages 21 and 16, and I did an impromptu boys only trip from the east coast to California. Flying by the seats of our pants, and after dealing with the madness that L.A. brings, we were looking for some rest and relaxation. By chance, we happened upon California Overland Desert Excursions. In speaking with the guys... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went on the Font’s Point North: 5-Hour Excursion tour provided by California Overland Desert Excursions out of Borrego Springs. We were taken in an old open air truck with cushioned wooden bench seating and wooden planks against the back. Although it wasn't too bad to start out with the terrain is VERY RUGGED and the suspension... More 

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deserttourguy, Owner at California Overland Desert Excursions, responded to this review

Hi, Mary. I’m sorry your experience with California Overland was less than delightful. Our larger excursion vehicles (former military issue) are well equipped to handle the rugged terrain and though we have installed upholstered seats, as with any other off-road company, we would NEVER suggest to anyone with a bad back that they participate! In fact, it’s on the FAQs... More 

Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

If you're ever in the Borrego Springs area, try to do one of the desert excursions provided by California Overland Desert Excursions. I did the 5-hour Fonts Point North trip and it was fantastic. We started by exploring the Clark Dry Lake bed where in the late stages of WW II, bombing and artillery practice was held. From there we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We enjoyed the day with Joe in the desert. The truck is fun. The views are unique and beautiful. Very Easy walks. Good for anyone. Bring good jacket and jeans. You will need it ...

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

My wife and I had the good fortune to meet Joe, the owner of California Overland, today under unusual circumstances. We weren't initially part of his tour; we were parked out at Font's Point with our Jeep Grand Cherokee. When the sun had set, we were getting ready to drive back into Borrego Springs. Unfortunately, when I turned on the... More 

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Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Simply put, Fantastic! I chose to do the 5 hour private jeep tour. I had the distinct pleasure of having Joe as my guide. First off, the Jeep is amazing. Probably the smoothest riding jeep I have ever been in and I have been in a lot. The surrounding area needs know help showing itself off, I mean it is... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

What a great adventure we had with Joe! He went above and beyond to show us things, explain everything, teach us about the terrain. We had a blast. His love and appreciation for the desert was evident. If you are looking for a fun experience with a unique guy, take a tour! You will love it! We went later in... More 

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Lincoln City, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The opportunity to view parts of the Anza Borrego State Park in an off road vehicle was the Best! You can't experience the past and present if you do this on your own. Not only was the off road experience fun, there were some roads that quite exciting! The history and all that lives out in this desert.....Joe knows, and... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the jeep tour with Joe! Admittedly I'm the kind of person who likes to DIY things like this, (if I wanted to take a Jeep into the badlands, I'd usually just rent one), so I had some hesitation in the beginning, however no less than 10 minutes into the tour the value that Joe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My husband and I have stayed in Borrego Springs the past two summers and this time we chose to book with California Overland Jeep Tours since we wanted to get out and actually see Anza Borrego and the badlands from within and not from the highway. When I first called, Joe, the owner let me know that there was a... More 

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