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San Andreas Fault GEM CANYON Hiking Tour by Jeep

Canyon and ladder hike to the top of the fault line for spectacular views of the valley below.

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TOUR INCLUDES

GALLERY

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.

TOUR PRICES

Party of 2 or 3 guests (Price per person)

Party of 2:  all ages$225

Party of 3:  all ages$150

Party of 4 or more guests (Price per person)

Adult: 18 years and up $125

Child:  3-17 years $100

Whole Jeep (Price per Jeep)

Whole Jeep: Up to 7 guests$750

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

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

San Andreas Fault GEM CANYON Hiking Tour by Jeep

From $125

Enjoy a naturalist guided 1.5 to 2 mile canyon and ladder hike to the top of the fault line for spectacular views of the surrounding area.

Tour Schedule

DEPARTURE LOCATION
DEPARTURE TIME(S)
TOUR DURATION
Palm Springs
8:30 AM or 1:00 PM
3.0 hours
Cathedral City
8:30 AM or 1:00 PM
2.5 – 3.0 hours
Rancho Mirage
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Palm Desert / Thousand Palms
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Indian Wells / Bermuda Dunes
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
La Quinta
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Indio
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Metate Ranch
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
1.5 – 2.0 hours

Tour Schedule

DEPARTURE 
DEPARTURE TIME(S)
TOUR DURATION
Palm Springs
8:30 AM or 1:00 PM
3.0 hours
Cathedral City
8:30 AM or 1:00 PM
2.5 – 3.0 hours
Rancho Mirage
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Palm Desert
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Indian Wells
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
La Quinta
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Indio
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
2.0 – 2.5 hours
Metate Ranch
9:00 AM or 1:00 PM
1.5 – 2.0 hours

Canyon and Ladder Hike to the Top of the Fault Line:

Gem Canyon was given its name because there used to be a gypsum mine there in early to mid-1900’s. Tiny garnets have also been found embedded in the rocks that have either rolled down from the surrounding mountains or were pushed up from below the surface.

Ride in an open-air Jeep to the trail head below the old mine.  A winding foot trail takes you through a slot canyon with graffiti carved into the walls dating back to the 1940’s.

From there, you will climb a 10 foot tall ladder to reach the next level of the canyon.

The hike continues through more slot canyons until you reach the top and are rewarded with expansive views of the valley below, from the Salton Sea to the east, the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountain ranges to the south, and the San Gorgonio Pass to the west.

This tour features spectacular scenery and numerous photo opportunities.

Tour Details

Tour Availability:

  • Morning tours are offered year-round
  • Afternoon tours are offered 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 Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Thousand Palms, Indian Wells, Bermuda Dunes, La Quinta, and Indio. Tours departing from Palm Springs or Cathedral City are $50 per Jeep additional or guests may meet at Metate Ranch near Indio at no additional charge.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Transportation to the trail head is via classic open-air Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8) with removable canvas shade top
  • Naturalist guided hike
  • HIKE RATING:  Moderate – This hike requires climbing up and down a 10-foot ladder, some boulder scrambling, and hiking up moderate inclines in soft sand
  • HIKE DISTANCE:  1.5 to 2 miles
  • Metate Ranch land and road use fees
  • Bottled water and granola snacks

Tour Advisories:

  • This tour is suitable for children aged 8 and up.
  • Proper footwear (hiking boots or closed to shoes with good tread) are mandatory.
  • This tour is not recommended for guests with a fear of heights.  Guests must be able to climb up and down a 10-foot ladder to do this hike.
  • Guests should be in moderate to good physical condition. This hike involves walking in soft sand, scrambling over and under boulders, climbing ladders, and hiking up moderate inclines.
  • There are no bathrooms on the trail. Bathroom stops before and after the hike, however, are available.
  • 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 3 years of age AND 1) weigh over 40 pounds OR 2) be at least 40 inches tall to ride in our Jeeps. Children under the age of 8 or 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).

San Andreas Fault GEM CANYON Hiking Tour by Jeep

TOUR PRICES

Party of 2 or 3 guests (Price per person)

Party of 2:  all ages$225

Party of 3:  all ages$150

Party of 4 or more guests (Price per person)

Adult: 18 years and up $125

Child:  3-17 years $100

Whole Jeep (Price per Jeep)

Whole Jeep: Up to 7 guests$750

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

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

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