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Academy Rentals & Day Tours

99 reviews
San Diego, CA, USA
About Academy Rentals & Day Tours
Academy Rentals and Day Tours is the place to go for off roading in Southern California! We are 75 minutes east of San Diego and are an on-site location in the Ocotillo desert, right off the Interstate 8 on Imperial Highway. Whether you are a small family here on vacation, or a large corporate group looking to do a fun team building activity, we are here for you! Our tour guides are professional, fun and highly experienced. We have ATVs, dirt bikes, buggies and RZRs, any of which you can ride on your unforgettable desert adventure!
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Tours and Tickets by Academy Rentals & Day Tours
ATV and RZR Off-Road Adventure Tour
$198.00 per adult
Out here in the Ocotillo desert, you may have the chance to see the most amazing sunrises and sunsets you've ever seen! Ride through all kinds of desert terrain in our ATV's, Razors or dirt bikes, as we take you on tours anywhere from 15 to 50 miles in 4 hours. You might have the chance to see Painted Gorge, a beautiful canyon colored by purple, green and red dirt; drive around the bombing range where you'll see an abandoned WWII Russian tank; witness F-18's dropping practice bombs and missiles, or Cobra and Apache helicopters shooting the Russian tank with 50 caliber bullets; watch the Blue Angels training for the air show (January through March); see The Sandbar, a local shrine covered in off road tributes and treasures (make sure to bring memorabilia of your own to post there!); experience "wide open" on an enormous, flat dry lake bed; or visit Superstition Sand Dunes, with 5,500 Acres of sandy, hilly fun and the spot where they shot the movie Jarhead.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome expierence. We had a group of four and they were very accommodating. The ride through the desert was beautiful. Chris also made the adventure very fun and entertaining. I will be back again.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Hb3678
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend this tour, our guide Chris was great!! The mountain and desert scenery was beautiful and reminded me of an old western. Five stars!!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mitchelldomenic
Reviewed April 17, 2019 via mobile

Chris is amazing. His personality kept my team upbeat and excited. His tour of the sand dunes is one memory we will never forget. I will be using Academy Rentals for all my desert adventures. Looking forward to creating additional memories with Chris and his...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Afathersmentor
randy a, Tour guide at Academy Rentals & Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you mucho for the ride and review.. see you guys next time #academyrentalsoffroad

Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

My 4 friends and I did the morning tour with Chris and it was unreal! Great ride and great scenery! Chris is a knowledgable and friendly guide and I hope to do it again one day!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jack4955
randy a, Tour guide.... at Academy Rentals & Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2019

Thanks again for the ride and review. #braapp, throttle therapy. Superfund will definitely have to do it again sometime. Happy Trails happy travels

Reviewed March 27, 2019

Paid $1378 to rent 2 RZR's and a 400cc quad for a guided 4 hour tour, from 9am to 1pm. We got there at 8:45am, as directed, no one there and the gate locked. We tried to text and call Chris numerous times to no...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 21, 2019

It was just me and my 16 y.o. son - thought it would be cool for him. It was cool for me, too. I was out of my comfort zone - but Chris was a great guide. I was the slowest of our group -...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ann R
Reviewed February 19, 2019 via mobile

The ride was not bad. A lady was our tour guide, but I cannot remember her name. Upon arriving, a guy named Chris had spoken with me. He seemed somewhat charismatic but I was slightly hungover and not very interested in his stories of wealthy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank johnlarabee
randy a, General Manager at Academy Rentals & Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2019

This response is from Kyle Neal. And yes, he did damage equipment. And yes, we have filed a case against him.

Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I (30’s) had a great time on the sand dune tour! This turned out to be the highlight of our 4 days in San Diego. Skip seaworld and unleash your beast in the desert! My wife and I booked over the phone....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank haon99
randy a, General Manager at Academy Rentals & Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018

Noah and Dana, thank you for the super fun rippin ride. Glad your adventure experience was over the top, we love to do that with our customers! Stoked you got to see the colors of Painted Gorge, crush the crusts off the dry lake beds,...More

Reviewed August 26, 2018

Academy Tours & Rentals...I really can't say enough great things about this company and our experience on their ATV tour. We were staying in San Diego and wanted to do something totally different so we chose riding ATVs in the dessert. Our emails and phone...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cristine M
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

Probably the highlight of my trip to San Diego. Great fun, great sights, and awesome ATVs. Chris did a great job of show us the cool spots, and we even got to see jets practicing bombing runs.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gabriel I
randy a, Manager at Academy Rentals & Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Fun fast ride, till next time.. oh and those T-45 fighter jets were bad to the bone to watch....

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wow ..sorry about that Jacob .we did not see you question. until now.. 6 years and up to drive one and any age to ride in a car. thank you