Tours for Individuals & Families

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Tours in Palm SpringsWhether you are a resident of the Greater Palm Springs area or visiting with friends or family, Desert Adventures offers a variety of tours for you to enjoy.

Learn for yourself why Desert Adventures is the #1 RATED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IN THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS AREA ON TRIPADVISOR and a Certificate of Excellence winner.

Our guides are simply the best in the area. Before any guide is allowed to conduct tours with guests, they must complete an extensive training program covering desert plants, animals, history, Indian Culture, geology, and much more. Trainees attend half-day classroom and field training sessions three days a week for 8 weeks. They are tested on all the material and complete a series of “ride-a-longs” with more experienced guides as the begin to put their tours together. After a trainee has passed all the required exams and quizzes and completed all of their ride-alongs, they can request a certification tour. If the evaluator feels the trainee has mastery of the information and has put together an interesting and entertaining tour, then they are cleared to conduct tours with guests.

For each new tour a guide wants to conduct, there is a similar certification process involving independent study, classroom sessions, field training, testing, and ride-alongs.

Our tours are unscripted. Instead, we believe in providing our guides with all the information they need to create their own tour that lets their own interests and personality shine through. This also means that they can modify their tours as they go to reflect YOUR interests.

We offer a variety of tours throughout the Greater Palm Springs area to allow you to fully explore our beautiful desert paradise.

Open-Air Red Jeep Tours

We offer four different jeep tours in our classic “Big Red Jeeps” (CJ-8 Scramblers). Each jeep holds up to 7 guests and we offer both public and private tours.

Climate Controlled Sightseeing Tours

For those who prefer to tour in climate controlled comfort, we offer several other tours in a van or SUV.

LGBT Tours

For our LGBT guests, and anyone interested in the LGBT history and influence in the Palm Springs area, we offer “A Historical Perspective on Gay Palm Springs” tour. In addition, we offer gay-led San Andreas Fault and Indian Canyon Jeep & Hiking Tour, upon request.

Life is an adventure…Make it a Desert Adventure!


“San Andreas Fault tour & so much more!”

"Thanks to our guide Darrell, this tour was much more than we could have expected and well worth the cost. Two of our party were from the Yukon and 2 from BC and we were all impressed by the knowledge and visual aids that Darrell shared with us. From the "fault" to the oasis to the village were all put into context of geography and history/evolution of the area. Darrell knew his audience well and it is clear he knows and loves his work. I know my kids and grand kids would enjoy this too. This was well organized and just the right balance of detail and "hands on" to interest us in doing other tours. Nothing like the textbooks or tours from the "olden" days! Thanks for sharing your passion Darrell aka Blackfeather.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

“Fun for the whole family!”

From the moment our wonderful guide, Russ, picked us up from our resort to the time he dropped us off 3 hours later, we were informed, engaged and interested. He tailored the tour to our needs, describing sights in detail and providing many tactile experiences for our son, who is blind. It was exciting to stand directly on the San Andreas Fault, to learn about desert plants, to see lizards and to learn the history of the area. Granola bars and cold bottled water were provided. We'd definitely recommend the "red jeep" desert adventure!””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

“Will never forget it!”

"I went on a trip to Rancho Mirage for a company function. Taking the desert jeep tour was an option for a day activity. I grew up in the Coachella Valley but had never gone on this tour and I wanted a "tourist" feel to my trip. We had the wonderful luck of getting De as our tour guide. She was positively amazing! Fun, energetic and full of wonderful information. You can tell that she truly had a passion for what she does. We had the good fortune of only have a total of 5 people total on our trip (two couples and De) which made the experience that much more personal. She was not only information with a breathe taking view, De even shared Dates and other native berries with us. I would definitely recommend this tour to others visiting or to my family that still lives in the Coachella Valley.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

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Awards + Recognition

Hospitality Business of the Year

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

“The Best of the Best” and
Top Attraction

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