Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon Jeep Tour

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Experience sheer canyon walls, fascinating geology, local agriculture, scenic vistas, abundant desert flora, and amazing hiking options on this 4×4 backcountry adventure.

After boarding your Big Red Jeep, you will journey to the eastern end of the Coachella Valley where you will find yourself immersed in our area’s second largest industry: agriculture. Depending on the time of year and growing conditions, you may see fields of artichokes, cauliflower, peppers, strawberries, and even exotic mangos to name just a few of the crops grown locally. You will also pass farms that grow Red Flame and Thompson grapes, as well as groves of oranges, lemons, limes, and, dates. Can you guess what percentage of domestic dates are grown in the Coachella Valley? Take this tour to find out!

After rising above the agricultural basin, you will behold an awe-inspiring view of the Salton Sea from a vista point.

As you leave the pavement and enter the majestic Mecca Hills Wilderness Area, you will be amazed by the lunar-like landscape reminiscent of Star Trek. Journey into the spectacular Painted Canyon and marvel at the incredible billion year old rainbow-colored mineral striations towering above you.

Enjoy an optional hike through narrow slot canyons. You can choose from an array of hikes including an easy nature walk, the Indiana Jones Hike, or the infamous “Hike of Death”!


  • Wear closed-toe shoes with rubber soles (such as tennis shoes or hiking boots). Sandals and shoes with high heels are not recommended.
  • Wear comfortable clothing – we recommend you dress in layers as desert temperatures can change quickly. In the cooler months (November through March), we suggest you bring a light sweater or jacket.
  • Bring a hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen before the tour.
  • Don’t forget your camera or video camera – the photo opportunities are amazing!



  • Jeep eco-tour with an expert naturalist guide
  • Guided nature walk (geared to the abilities of the guests in the jeep)
  • Granola snack and bottled water
  • All land use fees & taxes


  • A word about gratuities … it is traditional for guides in such a service industry to rely on gratuities for a significant portion of their income. This time-honored tradition promotes excellence in service and you might want to bring along cash in case you want to express your appreciation to your guide in this way.  Suggested gratuity is 10-15% of the tour price.


  • There is a 5% cancellation penalty for cancellations received at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure. There is no refund for cancellations received within 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure or for no-shows unless we cancel the tour due to weather or safety issues.


  • Guests with neck, back, or serious injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking any Jeep Tour.
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • Advanced reservations are required for this tour.
  • 48-Hours advance notice is required for online bookings. To make reservations for tours departing within 48 hours, please call Desert Adventures Tour Reservations Desk Toll Free at 1-888-440-5337 ext. 1 or locally at 1-760-324-5337.


  • This tour has a 3 person minimum. If you have fewer than 4 guests in your party, please call our reservation’s desk at 1-888-440-5337 ext. 1 Toll Free or 1-760-324-5337 locally to inquire about joining an existing tour or you may email us and we will get back to you within 24 hours.


This tour departs from the Ralph’s Parking Lot on Jefferson Street in Indio

49908 Jefferson St
Indio, CA 92201

There is plenty of FREE PARKING.

From the I-10 Freeway (heading East from Palm Springs):

  • Exit the freeway at the Indio Blvd.
  • Exit Take Indio Blvd. approximately .7 miles to Jefferson Street
  • Turn right (South) on Jefferson Street
  • Continue on Jefferson Street for approximately 4.1 miles

Ralph’s Grocery Store will be on your left just before the intersection of Jefferson Street and Avenue 50.

From Hwy 111 (traveling East from Palm Springs):

  • Take Hwy 111 East to Jefferson Street in Indio
  • Turn Right (South) onto Jefferson Street
  • Continue on Jefferson Street for approximately 1.5 miles

Ralph’s Grocery Store will be on your left just before the intersection of Jefferson Street and Avenue 50.

If you have difficulty finding the departure location, please give our office a call at (760) 324-5337.

Complimentary hotel pickup is available for guests staying in Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, or Indio, subject to availability. To request hotel pickup, please call our office at (760) 324-5337 a day or two before your tour.

Hotel pickup adds approximately 30-45 minutes to the tour duration, depending on your pickup location and number of pickups scheduled.


Same as departure.


Per Person
Private Jeep

$150 USD
$850 USD

There is a 3 person minimum to operate this tour.

Private tour price is per jeep. Each jeep can hold up to 7 guests.

All other discounts and coupons apply to the standard adult rate only.


Online reservations are accepted until 48 hours prior to departure. Within 48 hours, please call our Reservations Desk at (760) 324-5337 to inquire about availability.


8:00 AM & 1:00 PM departures
Offered Monday – Friday

Not offered

Tour Duration: 4 Hours



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Awards + Recognition

2015 Santa Rosa Award for Destination Excellence

Greater Palm Springs Convention
and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB)

2015 Attraction Person
of the Year

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Phoenix Award

Society of American Travel Writers

Partner in Public Spirit Award

Bureau of Land Management/US Department of Interior