San Andreas Fault Sunset 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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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.


  • 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!



  • 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


  • 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, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.  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 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.


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 and Indian Wells, subject to availability. Pickup from Rancho Mirage or La Quinta 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.


Same as departure.





Senior (62+)
Child (12 & Under)
Private Tour

$139 USD
$124 USD
$114 USD
$800 USD


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


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

October – April
Public Tours are offered Fri – Tues
Private Tours are offered daily

May – September
Not offered due to high afternoon temperatures


3 hours from Coco’s in Palm Desert
Hotel pickup adds up to 1 hour


Discounts or special offers apply to the adult tour rate only and can not be combined.




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Awards + Recognition

Certificate of Excellence Winner - Hall of Fame

2018 San Jacinto Award 

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

2018 Business Award

Medium Business of the Year
Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce

2015 Santa Rosa Award 

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

2015 Golden Palm Award

Attraction of the Year
Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism