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San Andreas Fault Sunset Jeep Tour

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OVERVIEW

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SAN ANDREAS FAULT SUNSET JEEP TOUR

Our San Andreas Fault Sunset Jeep Tour is the same as our regular San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco Tour except that it is ideally suited for photographers.  During the “magic hour” the long shadows bathe the hills in incredible red, yellow, orange, and purple hues.   Wildlife also tends to be most active at sunrise and sunset, so your chances of catching a glimpse of a coyote, fox, owl, or other desert critter is slightly higher at this time of day. 

On this excursion, 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.

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.
  • 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 admission/site fees & taxes

EXCLUSIONS:

  • A word about gratuities … it is traditional for guides in such a service industry to rely on gratuities for a significant portion of their income. This time-honored tradition promotes excellence in service and you might want to bring along cash in case you want to express your appreciation to your guide in this way.  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.
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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 MINIMUM:

  • 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 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.

PLEASE NOTE:  This is the Coco’s Restaurant in Palm Desert NOT Palm Springs.  

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.

DROP OFF LOCATION:

Same as departure.

TOUR PRICES

Per Person
Private Jeep

$135 USD
$750 USD

Private tour price is per jeep. Each jeep can hold up to 7 guests.

Please inquire about Senior (62+) and Child (12 and under) discounts.

All other discounts and coupons apply to the standard adult rate only.

 

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

Tours depart approximately 3.0 hours before sunset. For current departure times, please call our Reservation’s Desk at (760) 324-5337.

Tour Duration: 3 Hours

October – May
Public tours are offered Friday – Tuesday
Private tours are offered daily

June – September
Not offered due to high afternoon temperatures

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