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

Desert 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

Renowned 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 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:

2020 Certificate of Excellence / Traveler’s Choice Award:
2019 Certificate of Excellence:
2018 Certificate of Excellence:
2017 Certificate of Excellence:
2016 Certificate of Excellence:
2015 Certificate of Excellence:
2014 Certificate of Excellence:
2013 Certificate of Excellence:
2012 Certificate of Excellence:
2011 Certificate of Excellence:


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From $135

Indian Canyons “Ancient Footprints” Walking Tour by Jeep

From $150

San Andreas Fault “Gem Canyon” Hiking Tour by Jeep

From $125

San Andreas Fault “Four Posts” Hiking Tour by Jeep

From $125

Painted Canyon Geology and Agriculture 4×4 Jeep Tour

From $175

Joshua Tree National Park Tour with Lunch

From $250

Jeep Tours and Rallies
Group San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
Scorpion King Riddle Rally and Scavenger Hunt
Signtseeing Tours (by Bus)
San Andreas Fault / Indian Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Sightseeing Tour
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Sightseeing Tour
Palm Springs City & Celebrity Homes Tour
Joshua Tree National Park Sightseeing Tour
Craft Beer Tasting Tour
Hiking Tours
San Andreas Fault Geology Hike
Palm Springs Indian Canyons Hiking Tour
Palm Springs Aerial Tram Hiking Tour
Joshua Tree National Park Hiking Tour
Other Group Experiences
School Group Tours
Step-On Guides
Desert Speakers