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California Overland Desert Excursions
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Exciting Day and Overnight Excursions in the amazing Anza-Borrego Desert aboard authentic, open-air military vehicle and vintage Jeep CJ7. There are also climate-controlled options to adventure with our Jeep Renegade Trailhawk and Off-Road Excursion...more
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1233 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-3100
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We signed up for the five hour tour but needed to transfer to the 2.5 hour tour because rain was predicted for the morning. I appreciated the phone calls and check-ins with the staff to assess the rain and our interest in the shorter tour....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Tom H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our family of 4 lucked out and ended up having Joe to ourselves for the Three Terrains tour of Anza Borrego State Park. Joe runs the show at California Overland Desert excursions and a better guide you could not hope to meet. We really felt...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Inkandfeathers
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me, my wife and 3 adult children took the 2.5 trip in the desert. We were delighted by Joe our guide. He was informative, truly enjoyed what he was doing and made us feel like we were the most important people around, He knew the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ttamatt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a private tour with Wade and it was great! Be aware the Anza Borrego State Park has NO street signs and NO cell service for most of this huge park. If you breakdown or get lost you are out of luck!!! These folks...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank boxingpam
Reviewed December 16, 2018

I echo all of the superlatives about a 2-1/2 hr. private tour with Joe. In actuality, the tour lasted a bit longer because Joe started with an introduction to the park before my husband and I got in the Jeep. The Jeep Renegade was very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 14, 2018

I can’t say enough good things about our 5+ hour tour of the Anza-Borrego Desert. The owner, Joe, was our tour guide for the day and he was knowledgeable, entertaining, and patient with the 6 somewhat senior ladies who accompanied him. Having been to Anza-Borrego...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LWJ1957
Reviewed November 27, 2018

This was my first trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park. I wanted to get some good photographs. I contacted the Art Institute about a guide, but never got a response. While at the Visitors Center at Anza Borrego, I read a brochure for the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PansyKwong
Reviewed November 4, 2018

Our driver "Wade" in an open air Jeep gave us a part history, part geology, part paleontology, part botany, part anthropology, and part mythology tour! I have very little off-roading experience, but it was handled perfectly. You would never understand the plant life, the life...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank azul55
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Off road 4x4 to sights we would have never been able to access with our car. Interesting facts throughout. Very polite and friendly.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AandAadventures
Reviewed October 21, 2018

We booked the Three Terrains tour with California Overland Desert Excursions and are very glad we did. In fact, we are talking about our next trip already! We had a couple of concerns prior to booking: 1. 5 hours is a long time to drive...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Kevin F
March 29, 2018|
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Response from deserttourguy | Property representative |
Hi Kevin, Thanks for looking into us. Yes, Sue is correct that we just have guided excursions in our various vehicles. You can rent ATVs in nearby Ocotillo Wells off road park but you can’t use them in Anza-Borrego. So... More
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pfrede352804
March 20, 2018|
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Hi and thanks for your interest in our adventures! Our public Three-Terrains Tour includes a hike in a beautiful slot canyon (also a dry lake and badlands). That excursion is 5 hours long, includes lunch, and costs $145 per... More
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absolemn
August 10, 2015|
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Hi, If you're camping in the warmer weather, snakes are a possibility, but I come across 1 to 3 rattlesnakes a year. Scorpions come out at night if the temps are above 68º or so, and there is not too much moonlight. You... More
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