Indian Canyons Jeep & Hiking Tour

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Climb aboard one of our Big Red Jeeps for a visit to the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, where stunning rock formations and the contrasting greens of magnificent fan palms and more than 150 species of plants beckon travelers to the lush palm oases of the Palm Springs Indian Canyons.

  • Your professional guide will educate and entertain you with stories about the history, culture, lifestyle, and legends of the Cahuilla people.
  • In Andreas Canyon, enjoy a guided 1-mile hike on a tranquil trail along the banks of Andreas Creek as your guide describes the ceremonies and legends of the Cahuilla people and explains how they used the desert’s plants for survival.
  • View one of the largest natural palm oases in North America from the rim of Palm Canyon.
  • Enjoy a short walk to a hidden water cave where the water flows most of the year.
  • At the end of your adventure, relax, refresh, and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the Indian Trading Post which features Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings, refreshments, and more.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT an off-road tour. If you are looking for an off-road / 4WD experience, we recommend one of our San Andreas Fault Jeep Tours or our Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon Jeep Tour.


  • 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.
  • 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 admission/site fees & taxes


  • Guide gratuities are not included but are appreciated. 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.


  • 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 2 person minimum. If you are a single traveler, 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.


The departure location for this tour is from the loading zone in front of Lulu’s California Bistro in downtown Palm Springs [Map]:

200 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Complimentary hotel pickup is available for guests staying in the City of Palm Springs, subject to availability. Pickup from Rancho Mirage is also available for an additional charge of $25 per booking. To request hotel pickup, please call our office at (760) 324-5337 a day or two before your tour.

Hotel pickup adds approximately 15-30 minutes to the tour duration, depending on your pickup location and number of pickups scheduled.


Same as departure.

Seniors (62+)
Children (0-12)
Private Jeep
$125 USD
$110 USD
$100 USD
$750 USD

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

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.


9:00 AM & 1:00 PM departures

8:00 AM departure

Tour Duration: 3 Hours

Offered daily, year round



Great tour for tourists as well as 'weekend residents'

Took the Indian Canyon Tour with Carlos as our guide. We live in PS part-time and I wanted to introduce our grandsons from LA, to the area. All three of us had a great time and learned a lot. This is such a fascinating area: The geology and formation of the "valley", the fault lines, tectonic plates, the sheer beauty of the surroundings. The private jeep tour covers all that plus plant life, Indian tribal history etc. It includes a couple of short hikes, that are amazing and informative. However, they do require a basic level of fitness. I would highly recommend the Indian Canyon Tour to anyone who is interested in learning more about the area - from 8-80 years. The boys and I loved it.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

Would Use No One Else!

"We did two tours with them last week, and I'm sorry we did not have more time. We did Indian Canyons, and San Andreas Fault. They were absolutely great. Morgan Levine was our tour guide on both trips, and she was an encyclopedia of knowledge, but in a really fun way. Everyone on the tour seemed to have a great time. She made it fun for all. We'll be back, and will ask for Morgan as our guide. She made both tours a real great time for all. Hats off to Desert Adventures, and Morgan.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

Fun, While Learning

"Three of my colleagues and I took the Indian Canyon and Hiking tour this past week with Morgan as our guide. As this was our first jeep desert tour, we really didn't know what to expect ...but were thoroughly please by the entire experience. Morgan was so knowledgeable about the entire Palm Springs area, as well as the Indian culture. We were never once bored and basically hung on her every word as she explained the Indian rituals as we walked through the beautiful palms and canyon along a gently flowing stream. She showed us plants that they used for medicinal purposes, how they made rope out of the palms and how they ground seed to make flour. It was all so very interesting. My colleagues and I are hosting a conference in Palm Springs in several months and will definitely be recommending that our meeting participants take one of the many tours offered by Desert Adventures on their free afternoon. If all their guides are as professional and knowledgeable as Morgan, our participants will have a wonderful time, regardless of which tour they choose.”
- A TripAdvisor Guest

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