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Painted Canyon GEOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE 4×4 Jeep Tour

coachella valley agriculture plus hiking in the Sand Andreas Fault Zone

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Due to COVID-19 health & safety concerns, we are currently only offering private tours.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED to be worn when guests are in the Jeeps, or whenever 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.


Party of 2 or 3 guests (Price per person)

Party of 2:  all ages$300 pp

Party of 3:  all ages$200 pp

Party of 4 or more guests (Price per person)

Adult: 18 years and up $175 pp

Child:  3-17 years $140 pp

Whole Jeep (Price per Jeep)

Whole Jeep: Up to 7 guests$1,000 Each

Online reservations are accepted for up to 2 Jeeps / 14 guests.

Call (760) 477-4118 or contact us to book 3 or more Jeeps.

PAINTED CANYON Geology and Agriculture 4×4 Jeep Tour

From $175

Experience sheer canyon walls, fascinating geology, local agriculture, scenic vistas, abundant desert flora, and amazing hiking options on this 4×4 back-country adventure.

Tour Schedule

Rancho Mirage
7:00 AM or 1:00 PM
5.0 hours
Palm Desert / Thousand Palms
7:30 AM or 1:00 PM
4.0 – 4.5 hours
Indian Wells / Bermuda Dunes
7:30 AM or 1:00 PM
4.0 – 4.5 hours
La Quinta
7:30 AM or 1:00 PM
4.0 – 4.5 hours
7:30 AM or 1:00 PM
4.0 – 4.5 hours
Walmart Neighborhood Market
7:30 AM or 1:00 PM
4.0 hours

Coachella Valley Agriculture:

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, bell peppers, dates, table grapes, and citrus to name just a few of the crops grown locally.

Salton Sea Views:

As you rise above the agricultural basin and cross the beautiful Coachella canal, you will be afforded with a magnificent view of the awe-inspiring Salton Sea.

Out-of-this-World Scenery of the Painted Canyon | Mecca Hills Area:

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 billion-year-old rainbow-colored mineral striations towering above you.


Choose from one of several walks or hikes through the canyons, ranging from an easy nature walk to the Indian Jones Hike or the Hike of Death!   While your guide may take you to see the ladders in the Painted Canyon are, a ladder hike is not included due to it’s length and difficulty. 

 Tour Details

Tour Availability:  Tours are offered Monday through Friday from October – May only

Reservations:  Advance reservations are required

Vehicle: Open-air 7-passenger Jeep CJ-8 (Scrambler) with shade top

Hotel Pickup:  Complimentary pickup is offered from the cities of Palm Desert, Thousand Palms, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, and Indio. Tours departing from Ranch Mirage are $50 per Jeep additional or guests may meet at our main departure location in front of Walmart Neighborhood Market off Jefferson Street and Avenue 48 in Indio/Coachella (83053 Ave 48, Coachella, CA 92236)  at no additional charge.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Naturalist guided tour in a classic open-air Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8) with removable canvas shade top
  • Guided hike (Choose from a variety of easy to moderate hikes) – You will spend approximately 2 hours of your tour out of the Jeep exploring narrow slot canyons on foot
  • Bureau of Land Management Use Fees
  • Bottled water and granola snacks

Tour Advisories:

  • This tour is recommended for children aged 12 and up.   The minimum age for this tour is 8 years of age.   
  • Proper footwear (hiking boots or walking/tennis shoes with good traction) are required. Please no open-toe shoes or sandals.
  • You will spend approximately 1-hour each way in the Jeep on the way to Painted Canyon / Mecca Hills as your Jeep travels through the rich agricultural lands at the east end of the Coachella Valley.  Once you get to the Mecca Hills, you will spend approximately 1.5 to 2 hours exploring narrow slot canyons on foot.
  • Guests should be in reasonably good physical condition to take this tour. This tour included a lot of walking/hiking through soft sand.  This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues. 
  • There are limited bathroom facilities on this tour.  Please let your guide know before the tour starts if you require frequent bathroom stops so that accommodations can be made.
  • Guests who are pregnant or who have neck or back issues or injuries should consult with their doctor before taking this tour.
  • Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, all guests must complete a health screening, including temperature check, prior to participating in this tour. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL GUESTS AND STAFF WHENEVER THEY ARE WITHIN 6 FEET OF ANOTHER PERSON. Masks can be removed while hiking or when out of the Jeep, as long as everyone maintains at least 6-feet of physical distance between one another. Masks are mandatory when riding in the Jeep or whenever 6-feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Child Policy:  Children must be at least 8 years of age for this tour.  Children under 4’9″ tall must ride in a booster seat (supplied by the guest and secured by a 2-point seat belt in the back of the Jeep).

Painted Canyon GEOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE 4×4 Jeep Tour


Party of 2:  all ages$300 pp

Party of 3:  all ages$200 pp

Party of 4 or more:  adult (18 and up)$175 pp

Party of 4 or more:  child (3 – 17 years)$140 pp

Whole Jeep: Up to 7 guests$1,000 Each

Online reservations are accepted for up to 2 Jeeps / 14 guests.

Call  760-324-5337 or contact us to book 3 or more Jeeps.