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Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon Jeep Tour

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OVERVIEW

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MECCA HILLS / PAINTED CANYON JEEP TOUR

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”!

THINGS TO BRING:

  • 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!

DETAILS

INCLUSIONS:

  • 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

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Guide gratuities are not included but are appreciated. Suggested gratuity is 10-15% of the tour price.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

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.

TOUR ADVISORY:

Guests with neck, back, or serious injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking any Jeep Tour.

RESERVATIONS:

  • 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.

TOUR MINIMUMS:

  • 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.

DEPARTURE LOCATION:

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

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.

DROP OFF LOCATION:

Same as departure.

TOUR PRICES
Adults
Seniors (62+)
Children (0-12)
Private Jeep
$150 USD
$135 USD
$125 USD
$850 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.

SCHEDULE

OCTOBER – MAY
8:00 AM & 1:00 PM departures

JUNE – SEPTEMBER
Not offered

Tour Duration: 4 Hours

Offered Monday – Friday

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GUEST RAVES

Worth the Time and Money

★★★★★
5
This tour was an exceptional value. I feel like our family learned quite a bit. My 13& 17 year old were slightly skeptical of going on this tour, but were glad that we did it and rated it as one of the biggest highlights of our Palm Springs Trip. We are really glad that we took this tour.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

Awesome and Scenic Adventure

★★★★★
5
Our guide was very knowledgeable and adapted the tour based on the interests of the jeep's passengers., Scenic and loved the hike in a slot canyon at Painted Canyon. We were well taken care off with pre-trip information and throughout the tour as well.””
- A TripAdvisor Guest

Fun and Informative

★★★★★
5
We went on this tour not knowing what to expect out of it. Our guide Russ Augustine was amazing!!! He made the whole trip so much fun. Russ had so much knowledge of the area to share with us and he made it interactive. The natural beauty we saw on this tour just took our breath away! Walking through the crevices formed by the fault and to be standing on top and be able to see the entire valley. WOW!!!! Anyone that takes this trip would be lucky to have Russ as their guide!!!””
- 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