San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour

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Extraordinary scenery abounds as your Big Red Jeep winds its way through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone as your naturalist guide entertains you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and history of the California desert.

On this exciting 4WD adventure to our private Metate Ranch preserve on the San Andreas Fault you will:

  • Experience the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system as your guide describes the geology of the area and you explore the skeleton of the earth.
  • Walk between the steep walls of deep canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time.
  • Explore a natural palm oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifer.
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more.
  • Learn about the plants and animals of the California desert.
  • Discover the fascinating history of the Coachella Valley.
  • Enjoy spectacular views as your guide describes the geologic forces and local history that shaped the Coachella Valley.

Desert Adventures is the only tour company that can take you to this private location and provide this unique experience.


  • 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 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.


This tour departs from the parking lot in front of Coco’s Bakery & Restaurant (78-375 Varner Road, Palm Desert, CA 92211) which is conveniently located off the I-10 freeway at Washington Street. There are a number of eateries in the shopping center where you can grab a beverage or meal before or after your tour. [View MAP]

Complimentary hotel pickup is available for guests staying in Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, or Indio, 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 30-60 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
$135 USD
$120 USD
$110 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.


8:30 AM & 1:00 PM departures

8:00 AM departure

Tour Duration: 3 Hours

Offered daily, year round



“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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