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“Special memory”

California Overland Desert Excursions
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Borrego Springs
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Madison, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
“Special memory”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

We recently took our 12 year old grandson, Grayson, on a private desert jeep tour with California Overland Tours. All of us of were so impressed by the unique scenery and the wealth of information that Joe shared about the desert and the area. Most of all was Grayson who was impressed enough to convince his 10 year old brother to take the same tour when it's his year for a special grandparent trip to California. Of course he loved the bouncing over the desert in the jeep quite a bit too!
The tour is well worth the price. Joe made it a very special memory for our family.
Larry and Jan L.

Visited January 2012
Thank Larry537157
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“California Overland Jeep Tours”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

Absolutely brilliant 2 day package of personal jeep tours of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Fantastic guide who knew all of the best and most interesting sites. Joe is a great fund of information on the history, geology, flora and fauna of the entire State Park and is also great company. A wide range of tours is offered; we took a 4 hour and an 8 hour tour. Both were hugely enjoyable and it was obvious that Joe assessed our interests and capabilities for both the off road jeep journeys and the severity of the hikes.
The tours provided stunning views and fascinating palaeontology. We will be back next year for more!

Visited November 2012
Thank Ken and Sue D
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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews
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“A wonderful day in the desert!”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

My wife and I both love Anza-Borrego State Park. We have been exploring it on our own at least 3 times (with SUVs). This year we booked a private tour with Joe, and we had a marvelous time, discovered new very dramatic places, learned about interesting history, geology, biology, etc. Joe is very knowledgeable and obviously loves the Park. The tour was very well organized; Joe was very accommodating and considerate (we are elderly) and if we come back to Southern California we'll make sure to book another tour with him.
Thank you Joe for a wonderful day!

Visited October 2012
Thank Claude Z
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Orange County, CA
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47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great Guides, Great Camping, Great Adventure”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

Just returned from a great Dads and Kids campout in Anza Borrego. The California Overland Jeep Tour team was spectacular. I would highly recommend them for any daytime or overnight camping experience. First class customer service, happy kids and great times. Thanks Joe to you and your team!

Visited October 2012
Thank gbernstein
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Seattle, Washington
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32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Joe Knows!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

My wife and I booked a private Jeep tour with Joe during the "offseason" (September). Offseason because it is hotter than most people can tolerate for 8 hours in the desert!

We trusted Joe to take us out and get us lost in the Anza Borrego desert for a day. He did not dissappoint.

It easily topped 100 degrees but Joe was well prepared and helped make it bearable with lots of water and plenty of breaks.

The scenery was spectacular and we went way up Sandstone Canyon and got out and hiked as much as we wanted.

Best and most unexpected part: Joe knows his wilderness. Trained as a marine biologist, Joe has since learned the intricate details of living things in the desert. I mean he has a knack for it. So his knowledge and explanation and ability to point out a thousand things we might have missed was truly the frosting on our very warm cake.

While the "offseason" may not be for the faint of heart, Anza Borrego is not to be missed and it's hard to imagine a better way to see it. Joe knows!

Visited September 2012
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