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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/19/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
If you visit the San Andreas Fault independently, you’re likely to miss fascinating information about the site’s geology and history. On this Jeep tour from Palm Desert, explore one of the most famous faults in the world with a naturalist guide. See an oasis on the fault that’s fed by an underwater spring and visit a Native American site to learn about early inhabitants of the area.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Desert Adventures Metate Ranch
    Or, you can also get picked up
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    San Andreas Fault
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    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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  • You'll end at
    Desert Adventures Metate Ranch
    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.
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Highlights
  • 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 a central location in Palm Desert. 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
Desert Adventures Metate Ranch, 38635 Monroe St, Indio, CA 92203, USA
Duration
3–4 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Naturalist guided open-air Jeep eco-tour
  • Granola snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Land Use Fees
  • Entry/Admission - San Andreas Fault
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink (unless otherwise specified)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Bruce S. wrote a review Nov 2020
Gainesville, United States9 contributions1 helpful vote
This was an incredibly informative and fun Jeep tour. Our guide, Morgan had more information than we ever expected to get. The trip out to Mecca Hills and the fault was fascinating. We wish we had been able to get out and walk a little more but our time in slot canyon was a
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Meghan M, Public Relations Manager at San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Responded 4 days ago
Thank you for your kind review, Bruce! All of our guides are passionate & knowledgeable about the Palm Desert & surrounding areas, and we're happy to hear that Morgan was able to share that passion with your group. We will make a note of giving our guests more time to walk around the areas, and we thank you for your feedback! We hope to see you again in the future for another desert adventure!
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Jonjie L wrote a review Nov 2020
Napa, California2 contributions3 helpful votes
We loved our 4-hour jeep tour with Rick. He shared a wealth of information about how the landscape was formed, vegetation that grows in the area, and animals that call it home. Rick's nickname, Rickapedia, is well-deserved! We also felt safe thanks to the health safety
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Meghan M, Public Relations Manager at San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind review, we will make sure to pass the message along to Rick! We're very happy to hear that you had an engaging, entertaining, and safe tour in the Palm Desert. We hope to see you again in the future for another desert adventure!
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Jlh wrote a review Nov 2020
California5 contributions5 helpful votes
This was the highlight of our trip! Travis, our guide, knew absolutely everything about the area. We learned so much and had so much fun. The Jeep ride was cool and took us to places we couldn't have gone otherwise. Our twin 4th grade boys loved it and learned a ton. Definitely
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from kimberlyn1966, Owner at San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for you wonderful review. We are so glad that you and your boys enjoyed your Red Jeep Tour with Travis. Our goal is to engage, entertain, and educate on all of our tours. We hope you will tour with us again sometime. Stay well.
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ebandman wrote a review Oct 2020
Novato, California16 contributions
Great tour with tons of information from Morgan about a variety of things from Agriculture to Geology to ancient cultures of the area. If you want to learn a lot as well as seeing the beauty of the area ask for Morgan, a long time experienced guide for Red Jeep Tours.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Meghan M, Public Relations Manager at San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your kind words and for choosing Red Jeep Tours for a desert adventure! We'll make sure to pass your review along to Morgan. We hope to see you again sometime in the future for another tour!
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RussF wrote a review Oct 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada5 contributions
We had a great time on this tour. Our guide Jake was great. The scenery, history and hikes were all a lot of fun. He did a great job of engaging not only my wife and I, but my 10 year old daughter. Good job. The trip was a little pricey, but fun and engaging none the less.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from kimberlyn1966, Owner at San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Responded Oct 22, 2020
We appreciate you joining us and are so glad that your family enjoyed your tour. Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, we are only offering private tours at this time, which makes the prices higher than usual for parties of 2 or 3 guests. But we are glad that you found the trip enjoyable, engaging, entertaining, and educational. Thanks so much for choosing us and for your kind review.
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Amazing Experience
So worth it! No Just the off road portion but the amazing things you learn from the super knowledgeable guides that
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Fanatic trip! The Jeep ride was fun but hiking the canyons was the highlight of the tour. Our guide was very knowl
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Informative & Beautiful Desert Tour by Jeep
My lifelong friends and I had the pleasure of taking this tour in Nov 2020. We were looking for something new to do
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Red Jeep Tour is must!
This tour was recommended by a friend and am glad we did it. Jake, our tour guide was really knowledgeable and a l
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Off road desert fun
Riding and hiking in areas we can’t get to on our own. Fun time in the slot canyons, climbing short ladders to get
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John D was our Guide! He was so full of amazing info regarding the desert plants and the the history of the area. S
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Awesome tour!!! Me and my 2 boys had wonderful experience with tour lady Teri, very knowledgeable to explain everyt
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Family Fun
Travis was exceptional! We did the longer tour and spent most of our time out of the jeep exploring the fault. Tra
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Must trip for anyone
We had Mike and Travis as our guides and they were amazing. Both of them were so very knowledgable and catered to
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Fun and educational!
Our family of 4 signed up for the San andreas fault tour. Travis, our guide, was super friendly and well versed in
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Adventure in the desert!
My daughters and I enjoyed ourselves. Got to go where the public is not allowed, we felt very lucky. Marvelous Marv
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Sunset San Andreas Fault Tour
Our guide, John DiViggiano was knowledgeable, funny, helpful, informative and the perfect accompaniment to this won
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San Andreas Fault Trip
Craig was an excellent. We learned facts that we didn't know prior to the trip. Craig went above and beyond to make
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Dee was a terrific guide full of wonderful information and stories. We loved our tour and would highly recommend i
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Fascinating journey back through millions of years of geological history and a few hundred years of local civilizat
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