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San Andreas Fault
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
4x4 Jeep Tour

Naturalist guided exploration of the geology and seismology of the San Andreas Fault Zone.

QUICK DETAILS

hourglass iconDuration: 3 hours

clock Departure times: 9:00 am or  1:00 pm
Morning tours available year-round | Afternoon tours available October – May

ticketOffered: Daily (October – May) | Monday through Saturday (June – September).  Advance reservations are required.

Icon | BW JeepVehicle: Open-air 7-passenger Jeep CJ-8 (Scrambler) with shade top

Pickup IconPickup Area: Complimentary hotel pickup is included for guests staying in the cities of Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Indio.

Tours departing from Palm Springs or Cathedral City are 3.5 hours long and are $50 per Jeep additional. Morning tours from these cities depart at 8:30 AM. Afternoon tours depart at 1:00 PM. Guests may also meet at Metate Ranch near Indio at no additional charge.

Exclamation Point IconDue 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 IN THE JEEP OR WHENEVER A MINIMUM OF 6 FEET OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE MAINTAINED.

Tour Highlights:

JOURNEY THROUGH THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT ZONE:

Climb aboard a Big Red Jeep for an engaging and entertaining 4×4 Jeep Tour of the winding canyons and unique geologic features of the San Andreas Fault Zone.

Along the way your professional naturalist guide will discuss the geology and seismology of the San Andreas Fault.

Take a walk between the steep walls of canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time and enjoy spectacular views as your guide describes the geologic forces and local history that shaped the Coachella Valley.


For a more in-depth exploration of the San Andreas Fault zone, we recommend our 4-hour San Andreas Fault BONES OF THE EARTH 4×4 Jeep Tour that also includes a stop at a NATURAL PALM OASIS and a guided tour of a RECREATED CAHUILLA INDIAN VILLAGE with interpretive displays.

On that tour, you will also learn how and why the Cahuilla people lived in the fault zone and how the use of desert plants allowed them to build and maintain a vibrant culture in this arid and inhospitable environment.


Tour Includes:

  • Complimentary pickup from the cities of Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta or Indio. Pickup from Palm Springs or Cathedral City is $50 per Jeep additional or guests may meet the Jeep at Metate Ranch at no additional charge. Tours from Palm Springs or Cathedral City are approximately 3.5 hours long and depart at 8:30 AM or 1:00 PM. Tours from Metate Ranch are approximately 2 hours in length and depart at 9:30 AM or 1:00 PM.
  • Naturalist guided tour in a classic open-air Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8) with removable canvas shade top
  • Guided nature walk or easy hike – geared to the abilities of the guests in the jeep 🛈
  • Metate Ranch land and road use fees
  • Bottled water and granola snacks

🛈  Guests get in and out of the Jeep several times on this tour to partake in short nature walks or an easy hike.  Please let us know when booking if you have any mobility issues that limit your ability to walk or if you will need assistance getting in or out of the Jeep.

Tour Advisories:

  • This tour is suitable for children aged 3 and up.
  • Proper footwear (hiking boots or walking/tennis shoes) are required. Please no open-toe shoes or sandals.
  • Let us know when booking if you have any guests with mobility issues that limit their ability to walk or if anyone will need assistance getting in or out of the Jeep.
  • 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).
  • 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.