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About Desert Adventures

Since 1988, Desert Adventures has provided the most highly regarded outdoor adventures in the Greater Palm Springs area. As the original, largest, and most respected outdoor adventure and eco-tour company in the California desert, Desert Adventures offers a vast array of tour and activity choices. Whether you seek rugged adventure, camaraderie and team building, history and culture, nature, geology, flora and fauna, spectacular desert events, or panoramic vistas and amazing scenery, Desert Adventures has a tour, activity, or event for you!

Desert Adventures’ Red Jeep Tours and events at Metate Ranch are an integral part of the Greater Palm Springs destination experience. For over three decades, Desert Adventures has fulfilled the ever-growing need for fun, educational, interactive, one-of-a-kind activities and events which are unique to the Greater Palm Springs area.

Desert Adventures is the premier outdoor adventure and eco-tour company in the Greater Palm Springs area and the only outdoor adventure company that can take you to our private 800 acre Metate Ranch, located in the Indio Hills. At Metate Ranch, we offer Jeep, hiking, and sightseeing (bus) tours, school/youth programs, unique team building programs, weddings and incredible, interactive desert parties and corporate events at our Enchanted Desert and Coyote Camp event venues.

Metate Ranch features miles of pristine desert for exploration via Jeep or on foot; a private natural palm oasis were you can see water bubbling out of the underground aquifer year round; amazing steep-walled canyons thrust up by the San Andreas Fault and carved by erosion; and incredible panoramic vistas. In addition, we have built a Cahuilla Indian Village exhibit which showcases the lifestyle and culture of the Cahuilla People.

In addition to the exclusive tours and events offered at Metate Ranch, Desert Adventures offers Jeep tours to Painted Canyon and the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area and the Palm Springs Indian Canyons as well as hiking tours and sightseeing tours to a variety of desert attractions including the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Joshua Tree National Park, Celebrity Homes and even a Craft Beer Tasting tour.

We invite you to explore our website and Contact Us if you would like more information on any of our tours, activities, or events.

Come see for yourself why Desert Adventures’ Red Jeep Tours are the #1 OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IN CALIFORNIA DESERT on TripAdvisor  and a proud and long standing member of both the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism.

Company History

Family Owned and Operated Since 1988!

Metate Ranch Events | San Andreas FaultDesert Adventures was founded in 1988 to fulfill the growing need for exciting things to do in Palm Springs – other than play golf or tennis.  Within four months of getting the idea of offering entertaining, educational jeep tours into the desert, Desert Adventures was born with an initial fleet of three used vehicles and a capacity of nine passengers. The tours were a success from the beginning, and by the second year the capacity had grown to 35 tour seats and clients were coming back for more!

Over the years, our jeep fleet has grown to 15 7-passenger Jeep Scramblers (CJ-8’s) and we can accommodate up to 105 people at a time on jeep tours (larger groups can be accommodated using multiple rounds).

Desert Adventures has continued to grow and today, Desert Adventures offers tours and events at our 800 acre private Metate Ranch on the San Andreas Fault as well as other areas around the valley.

For individuals and families, we offer jeep tours to the San Andreas Fault, Palm Springs Indian Canyons, and the Painted Canyon / Mecca Hills Wilderness Area.  We also offer sightseeing tours to Joshua Tree National Park (conducted in a climate controlled van or SUV).

For groups, we offer jeep tours and rallies, sightseeing tours, and hiking tours throughout the valley as well as unique team building programs and corporate events, weddings and other special occasion celebrations at our Enchanted Desert and other Metate Ranch event venues.

Over the years, Desert Adventures has become a leader in the eco-tourism and outdoor adventure industries. This leadership has developed from a combination of unique factors, including:

  • Eco-adventures that are authentic, entertaining and specific to the geographic area
  • Exclusive, private tour and special event areas
  • Unique positioning and on-going support from the corporate group market
  • Strong strategic alliances with local tourism agencies and Destination Management Companies, as well as national and international group and corporate meeting planners
  • Investment in career development and additions of key people to drive new products forward
  • The ability to adjust to market conditions and meet client’s needs quickly
  • A superior product and happy clients

We believe that “our clients are easily satisfied with the very best” which is what Desert Adventures’ delivers. We pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectations by providing exceptional service, the best fleet of custom built classic Jeep Scramblers in the country, outstanding party and wedding venues, amazing guides, and unsurpassed service and attention to detail.

Desert Adventures BIG RED JEEPS

Red Jeep FleetRenowned for their history, Jeeps have carried soldiers into war and brought them safely back. They have carried missionaries into the deepest jungles in the world and they have carried millions of civilians far down the road less traveled. So what do you get when you combine that rich heritage with the functionality of a present-day SUV? Desert Adventures BIG RED JEEPS!

Desert Adventures operates the largest fleet of Classic Jeep Scramblers (CJ-8s) in California. From an initial fleet consisting of three used vehicles with a capacity of nine passengers, Desert Adventures has grown to operate 15 customized Jeep Scramblers with a seating capacity of 105 guests at a time.

Each Jeep carries seven (7) passengers plus a naturalist guide/driver. All vehicles are equipped with fire extinguishers and first aid kits and are outfitted with safety features such as roll bars and seat belts for each occupant.

The Jeeps can be operated as open-air vehicles (shade top removed) or with the canvas top unfurled to provide sun protection.

Every vehicle starts its day with a thorough 14-point safety inspection and each vehicle receives regular servicing by our certified mechanic.

Desert Adventures has the DESERT’S BEST GUIDES!

Desert Adventures StaffDesert Adventures award-winning guides set us apart from other outdoor adventure companies in the Greater Palm Springs area.  Because we recognize that our guides are our product, potential guides go through a rigorous screening and training process before being certified to conduct tours.

Over the course of our 5-week training program, trainees learn about desert plants, animals, agriculture, geology, earthquakes, aquaculture, Coachella Valley history, Cahuilla Indian culture, and more.  They participate in over 60 hours of classroom and field training sessions plus independent study.   They must pass quizzes and exams on the material.  The final step in the process is to conduct a certification tour with a senior member of our guide team who evaluates the trainee’s ability to put together an entertaining and accurate tour narrative.

Our tours are not scripted.  So each guide’s tour presentation is different, though they share a common knowledge base that allows them to customize their tour to their guests’ interests.  We encourage our guides to develop their own areas of expertise and to share their specialized knowledge with their peers.

We provide on-going training and enrichment opportunities for our guide team and all guides must re-certify annually to ensure that their knowledge remains up-to-date and accurate.

The end result produces guides that are knowledgeable, entertaining and committed to providing the most enjoyable and educational tour experience possible.  Our guides are truly passionate about what they do and many have been with us for 10 years or more (a number have been with the company for over 20 years)!  They love what they do and they love sharing their passion for the desert with our guests.

So climb aboard one of our Big Red Jeeps with one of our professional naturalist guides for the best touring experience in the Greater Palm Springs area!

Desert Adventures is an Award-Winning Company!


We have won numerous local, regional, and national awards for our educational Jeep Eco-Tours and commitment to the environment.

The Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) has repeatedly named Desert Adventures Best Palm Springs Attraction, Hospitality Business of the Year, and Best Front Line Staff.

The Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism has repeatedly declared Desert Adventures “The Best of the Best” and Top Attraction.

The Coachella Valley Entrepreneurs Association has named Desert Adventures a Business of Distinction and Top 10 Business.

Desert Adventures is also the proud winner of the prestigious Partner in Public Spirit Award by the Bureau of Land Management/Department of Interior, the Take Pride in California Award by the State of California/Department of Interior, and the Phoenix Award for Conservation, Preservation, and Promotion of our Natural Resources by the Society of American Travel Writers.

In addition, we have been featured on the CBS Morning News (national broadcast), the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Huell Howser’s California Gold, HGTV’s House Hunters on Vacation, and other travel programs and websites as well as in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles worldwide.

Most Recent Awards:

2018 – Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB): San Jacinto Award – Recognition of Dedication Award – Desert Adventures (Winner)

2018 – Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce: Medium Business of the Year– Desert Adventures (Winner)

2016 – Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB):  Front of the House AwardEmelie Pittendrigh (nominee)

2016 – Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB):  Back of the House Award  – Khail Keeler (nominee)

2016 – Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB):  Palm Award – Recognition of Partnership  – Desert Adventures (nominee)

2015 – Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism ‘Best of the Best Golden Palm Awards’ Attraction Person of the Year” – Nicholle Diaz, Reservation’s Agent (Winner)

2015 – Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB): Santa Rosa Award” for Destination Excellence – Desert Adventures (Winner)

2014 – Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitor’s Bureau’s Back of the House Award”  (Palm Desert) – Morgan Levine, Naturalist Guide (Winner)

Community Giving Program

Desert Adventures recognizes that healthy, thriving communities depend on involved citizens and corporate partners. Therefore, we enthusiastically lend our support to organizations in the Coachella Valley that promote civic pride, education, and contribute to a higher quality of life for all of our valley’s residents.

Though much of our focus is on providing visitors with an enriching desert experience, we feel a special responsibility to the communities in which we live and work. Sustainability and education are at the core of our corporate philosophy and some of our community-based ‘at home’ initiatives include:

  • Ecology and Desert Education – We provide complimentary talks and lectures on a variety of ecologically and locally relevant topics to local organizations in an effort to educate them about their local history and culture and the delicate ecology in their own backyard.
  • Educational Youth Programs – Our social and cultural stewardship is perpetuated further through our Youth Programs which teach young people about how their day-to-day actions affect the environment and the contributions they can make to help preserve and protect our planet. We offer a variety of educational programs at significantly discounted prices at Metate Ranch for school groups.
  • Fundraising for Local Non-Profit Agencies – Times are tough and worthy non-profits are struggling to raise the funds needed to support their efforts. To help out, we regularly donate gift certificates to local organizations to be used as auction or raffle items at their fundraisers and we invite local organizations to consider our Enchanted Desert event venue as the location for your next major fundraiser. We provide discounted all-inclusive pricing to local organizations who select our venue for their fundraising efforts. In addition, we will provide several exclusive and unique donations for your silent or live auction when you utilize our venue for your fundraising event to help with your fundraising efforts.

For More Information:

Please Contact Us and let us know what you’re interested in any of our giving / community support programs an we’ll have the appropriate person get back to you promptly!

We look forward to working with your organization to improve the quality of life for Coachella Valley residents!