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Desert Adventures - Red Jeep Tours

Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

3.0 hours

Large group

Free Cancellation

What to Expect

Experience an extraordinarily scenic 4WD tour 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.


Board your open-air Jeep and embark upon a scenic and informative exploration of the stunning landscape of an active earthquake zone where you will travel across private property only accessible by 4WD and only open for this specific tour. This exciting 4WD adventure to the private Metate Ranch reserve on the San Andreas fault line is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any visitor to the Coachella Valley. Discover the unique geography of this tortured landscape as you explore the skeleton of the earth. Visit a natural oasis and uncover the mysteries of the hardy plants and animals carving out an existence in the dry barren landscape.  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. You will have an opportunity to walk among the stone corridors and sheer granite walls of ancient canyons as you learn the fascinating history of the primal forces that shaped the valleys and surrounding landscape and the people that called this place home for millennia.


  • See the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system
  • Walk through deep canyons created by plate tectonics, water, and wind
  • Explore a natural palm oasis where water bubbles up from the underground aquifer
  • Listen to your guide describe the geologic forces and local history of the Coachella Valley
  • Learn about the culture of the Cahuilla Indians and the plants and animals of the desert


  • Narrated 4WD tour
  • Local guide
  • Bottled water
  • Granola bars
  • Admission fees


  • Food or additional drinks
  • Gratuities

Health Advisory

  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

Health Requirement

  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • Masks are required while indoors

Additional Information

  • There is a minimum number of 4 people required for the tour to operate
  • It is recommended to consult with your doctor before booking a 4WD tour if you have neck or back problems, serious injuries, or are pregnant
  • 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)
  • Tour vehicles are open-air Jeeps with shade tops


Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


$237.19 NZD

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