Mecca Hills / Painted Canyon Jeep Tour

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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.


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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”!


  • 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 land use fees & taxes


  • Guide Gratuities are not included in the tour cost. While gratuities are not required or expected, our guides do appreciate gratuities as an acknowledgement of their excellent service and knowledge. Therefore you might want to bring along cash in case you want to express your appreciation to your guide in this way.  The suggested gratuity is 10-15% of the tour price, or whatever you feel is appropriate.
  • Hotel pickup is available from select locations in La Quinta, Indian Wells, or Palm Desert.  Please call (760) 324-5337 a day or two before your tour to inquire about and schedule hotel pickup (additional charges may apply).


  • Tours cancelled at least 48 hours prior to scheduled departure shall receive a FULL REFUND (including booking fees, if applicable). There is no refund for cancellations received within 48 hours of the scheduled tour departure or for no-shows.
  • If Desert Adventures cancels the tour due to weather or safety issues, you may rescheduled at no charge (subject to availability) or request a full refund or a gift card for the full purchase price that you can use at another time.


  • Guests with neck, back, or serious injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking any Jeep Tour.
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


  • 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 3 person minimum. If you have fewer than 4 guests in your party, 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 Ralph’s Parking Lot on Jefferson Street in Indio

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.

Hotel pickup is available for guests staying in Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, or Indio for an additional fee of $25 per Jeep, 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.


Same as departure.



1 – 3 Guests
4+ Guests
Private Tour

$450 USD Flat Fee
$150 PP USD
$850 USD


Private tours are sold by the vehicle. Each Jeep holds up to 7 guests.


October – May
Tours are offered Monday – Friday at
8:00 AM and 1:00 PM

June – September
Not offered


4 hours from Ralph’s in Indio
Hotel pickup adds up to 1 hour


Discounts or special offers are not valid on this tour.





Awards + Recognition

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011 - 2017

Santa Rosa Award for Destination Excellence

Greater Palm Springs Convention
and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB)

"Best of the Best" Award Best Palm Springs Attraction

Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism

Top Attraction in Greater Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs Convention
and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB)

1# Outdoor Activity in California Desert