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Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

1. Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

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 the primal forces that shaped the valleys and surrounding landscape and the people that called this place home for millennia.

Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Hiking Tour by Jeep

2. Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Hiking Tour by Jeep

Begin your incredible journey in a 4WD as your tour guide takes you into the lush palm oasis of the magnificent Indian Canyons of Palm Springs. Visit the historical home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Learn about the history, culture, legends, and stories of the Cahuilla people. Along the way, discover Rincon Village and the Cahuilla’s amazing understanding and usage of desert plants.  Embark on a guided 1-mile hike on a peaceful trail up Andreas Canyon that winds along a beautiful stream of cascading waters shaded by a canopy of California Fan Palms. Discover ancient bedrock mortars and an array of desert flora. Once you reach the top of the trail, enjoy a breathtaking view of the steep cliff walls on the opposite side. Enjoy a short walk to a hidden water cave where the water flows most of the year. At the end of your adventure, relax, refresh, and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the Indian Trading Post which features Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings, and more.

Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Bike and Hike Adventure

3. Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Bike and Hike Adventure

Discover the historic resort town of Palm Springs and the natural beauty of its surroundings. Experience an adventurous activity that combines biking through the city to Indian Canyons, where you’ll stop to explore the nature preserve on foot. Meet at the local partner’s bike shop to get fitted for your bike and listen to a short safety briefing. Set off from the heart of Palm Springs and pedal through and some of its historic neighborhoods. Admire the views as you bike towards Indian Canyons. Arrive at the entrance to the natural preserve, the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Enjoy a short climb to Andreas Canyon trailhead, and hike through the desert canyon. Pass incredible rock formations, cross streams, and look out for wildlife. Follow the trail back to your bikes and ride back to the heart of Palm Springs. Listen as your guide shares the history of this region, and explains how the modern city of Palm Springs was founded.

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What people are saying about Palm Desert

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Incredible! We had Greg as our guide and not only was he super informative but also an absolute sweetheart. My mom is very much into geology and she’s done this tour before; and she loved this one - she learned & saw different things. So if you’ve gone before, don’t hesitate to go again because there is so much to see and learn. It’s a beautiful way to spend some time with locals or guests. My friend from Oregon can’t wait to do it again with her husband. Book it now - you won’t regret it!

Kolin was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. He also made sure to help us take great photos to commemorate our tour. Indian Canyon was beautiful, and we loved the classic Palm Springs architecture we saw along the way. This tour is a must-do!

Travis was an excellent guide! Highly recommended. He has enclycopedic knowledge about the area.

Fantastic tour and very knowledgeable guide. I would recommend booking with Charles.

Super nice and passionate guide. really nice as an excursion, to recommend