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  • Desert Adventures Eco-Tours & Events

    Palm Desert , CA

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    Desert Adventures has been providing the most talked about outdoor adventures in the Palm Springs area for over two decades. As the original, largest, and most respected outdoor adventure and eco-tour company in the California desert, we offer a vast array of adventure choices - whether you seek rugged adventure, camaraderie and team-building, history and culture, nature, geology, flora and fauna, or panoramic vistas and amazing scenery.

    Our eco-tours and special events are an integral part of the Palm Springs Desert Resorts destination experience and since 1987 we have fulfilled the ever-growing need for fun, educational, interactive, one-of-a-kind activities and events which are unique to our destination.

    We are the premier outdoor adventure company in the desert and the only outdoor adventure company that can take you to the private 840 acre Metate Ranch located on the San Andreas Fault. At Metate Ranch, we offer Jeep tours, hiking tours, sightseeing (bus) tours, school/youth programs, family adventure programs, unique team building programs, a variety of group activities, weddings, and incredible, interactive desert parties.

    Our Metate Ranch features miles of pristine desert for exploration via Jeep or on foot, a private natural palm oasis were you can see water bubbling out of the underground aquifer year round, amazing steep-walled canyons thrust up by the San Andreas Fault and carved by erosion, and incredible panoramic vistas. In addition, we have built a Cahuilla Indian Village exhibit, a replica California Mining Camp with gold mine exhibit and gold panning, a pioneer homestead depicting the life of early Coachella Valley inhabitants and settlers, and our EpiCenter Earthquake Education Center.

    In addition to the exclusive tours and events offered at Metate Ranch, we offer Jeep excursions to the Painted Hills (Mecca Hills) as well as hiking and sightseeing eco-tours to a variety of natural desert locations including the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, Joshua Tree National Park, Coachella Valley Preserve, Palm Springs Indian Canyons, San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farms, White Water Preserve, the Salton Sea, and more.

    **All Tours Include:
    -Natural guide jeep eco-tour
    -Admission fee
    -Bottled water and granola snacks

    Tickets

    San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour

    Ticket info

    This awe-inspiring journey in our classic Big Red Jeep Scramblers (CJ-8's) takes you deep into the heart of the San Andreas Fault. Witness the tremendous forces of nature that have created amazing steep walled canyons and some of the most twisted and tormented landscapes on earth.

    On your adventure you will:
    - Learn about geology and earthquakes as you travel into the center of the San Andreas Fault system where you will see the twisted and tormented landscape created by the collision of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates.
    - Explore a pristine natural palm oasis with crystal clear water seeping up from the underground aquifer. Learn how this water makes our desert unique as you enjoy a naturalist guided nature walk through the oasis.
    - Discover how the Cahuilla Indians used the desert's plants and other materials for survival as you tour our Cahuilla Indian Village exhibit where artifacts, tools, weapons, and interpretive displays showcase the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla People.
    - Spectacular scenery, stunning landscapes, and great photo opportunities abound on this exciting 4x4 adventure!

    Inclusions:
    - Naturalist guided jeep eco-tour in open-air jeep scramblers (CJ-8)
    - Granola snacks & water bottle
    - All admission fees and taxes

    Tour is approximately 3-4 hours long. Tours depart promptly. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to check in.

    October through May
    - Morning tours depart daily at 8:30 AM
    - Afternoon tours depart daily at 1:00 PM
    - Sunset tours depart daily 2.5 to 3 hours before sunset - please call for current departure time.

    Summer (June through September)
    - June through September - Tours depart daily at 8:30 AM
    - Afternoon tours are not offered in the summer due to the heat. Please see our Nightwatch tour for a summer sunset/evening tour option.

    This tour has a 2 Adult minimum and 7 person maximum

    Purchase by Dec 31, 2018

    Terms & Conditions for San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult (ages 13+) $139.00 $132.00
    Senior (ages 62+) $124.00 $118.00
    Child (ages 12 and under) $114.00 $109.00

    Palm Springs Indian Canyons Jeep & Hiking Tour

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    This incredible naturalist guided journey takes you into the lush palm oasis of the magnificent Palm Springs Indian Canyon.

    On your adventure you will:
    - Visit the ancestral home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians as your naturalist guide entertains you with the history, culture, legends, and stories of the Cahuilla People. Along the way you will learn about historic Rincon Village and the Cahuilla People's amazing understanding and use of desert plants for survival.
    - Enjoy a guided hike on a tranquil trail up Andreas Canyon that winds along a beautiful stream of cascading water features shaded by a canopy of California Fan Palms. At the top of the trail you will emerge above the palms to enjoy a breathtaking view across to the steep cliff walls on the opposite side. During this easy 1 mile trek, you will visit ancient bedrock mortars and see a stunning array of desert flora and the sacred mound that marks the location of the Cahuilla's creator, Mukat.
    - From the rim of Palm Canyon you will be able to take amazing photos of the largest natural palm oasis in the North American hemisphere. Then you will enjoy a short nature walk to a water cave that feeds water into the lush canyon below during the winter and spring.
    - 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, refreshments, and more.

    Inclusions:
    - Naturalist guided jeep eco-tour in open-air jeep scramblers (CJ-8)
    - Granola snacks & water bottle
    - All admission fees and taxes

    Tour is approximately 3-4 hours long. Tour depart promptly. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to check in.

    October through May
    - Morning tours depart daily at 9:00 AM
    - Afternoon tours depart daily at 1:00 PM

    Summer (June through September)
    - June - Tours depart daily at 8:00 AM
    - July through September - Tours depart Friday through Sunday at 8:00 AM
    - Afternoon tours are not offered in the summer due to the heat.

    This tour has a 2 Adult minimum and 7 person max.

    Purchase by Dec 31, 2018

    Terms & Conditions for Palm Springs Indian Canyons Jeep & Hiking Tour

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult (ages 13+) $139.00 $132.00
    Senior (ages 62+) $124.00 $118.00
    Child (ages 12 and under) $114.00 $109.00

    Joshua Tree National Park Eco-Tour

    Ticket info

    This amazing excursion provides an in-depth overview of the diverse history of the area and the formation of the Joshua Tree National Park.

    On your adventure you will:
    - Guests joining us in the Greater Palm Springs area will enjoy a narrated tour of the Coachella Valley and learn about the wind and solar energy generated from the San Gorgonio Pass Wind and Solar Farms on the way to the Park. Guest may also join the tour at the Park's west entrance Visitor's Center. Both options include a delicious picnic lunch.
    - Inside the park, you will learn about the plants and animals of the high desert and witness incredible geological forces at work as you visit amazing rock formations and other points of interest.
    - Enjoy a short guided hike to the Desert Queen Mine, one of many gold mines located within the Park and venture off the paved road as you make your way to Barker Dam, a gathering place for wildlife, including many species of birds as well as Bighorn Sheep.
    - Hike the Hidden Valley loop, which features a jaw-dropping photographic wonderland of majestic rock formations.
    - Then take in the amazing view at the spectacular Key's View Overlook, which offers a stunning viewpoint from 5,185 ft. in elevation allowing you to see all the way into Mexico on a clear day.

    Tour is approximately 5-6 hours long. Tour depart promptly. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to check in.

    October through May
    - Tours depart daily at 9:00 AM from Desert Adventures Office in Palm Desert
    - Tours depart daily at 10:00 AM from the Joshua Tree National Park West Entrance Visitor's Center

    Summer (June through September)
    - Tours depart daily at 8:00 AM from Desert Adventures Office in Palm Desert
    - Tours depart daily at 9:00 AM from the Joshua Tree National Park West Entrance Visitor's Center

    This tour has a 2 Adult minimum

    Ticket valid until Mar 31, 2019

    Purchase by Dec 31, 2018

    Terms & Conditions for Joshua Tree National Park Eco-Tour

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult (ages 13+) $200.00 $195.00
    Senior (ages 62+) $185.00 $180.00
    Child (children under 12) $175.00 $170.00

    San Andreas Fault Nightwatch Jeep Tour

    Ticket info

    On your adventure you will:
    Witness the transition from day to night on this exciting 4WD adventure that adds stargazing to our popular San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour. Travel to a private 800+ acre preserve on the San Andreas Fault where you will learn about the desert’s plants, animals, history, geology, and earthquakes.
    On your journey, you will visit a natural palm oasis, explore spectacular box and slot canyons, and view an ancient fossil bed as your jeep winds its way through the incredible labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone.
    As the sun sets, witness the spectacular transition from day to night as the light casts amazing shadows and colors on the hills. Desert sunsets are magical, so be sure to bring your camera!
    When the sky darkens, you will be treated to a fascinating stargazing journey through the night sky.

    Ticket valid until Mar 31, 2019

    Purchase by Dec 31, 2018

    Terms & Conditions for San Andreas Fault Nightwatch Jeep Tour

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult (ages 13+) $150.00 $145.00
    Senior (ages 62+) $135.00 $130.00
    Child (children under 12) $125.00 $120.00

    San Andreas Fault Sunset Jeep Tour

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    On your adventure 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.
    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.
    As the sun sets, long shadows bathe the hills in incredible red, yellow, orange, and purple hues (perfect for photographers!)
    Wildlife 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.
    Tour is approximately 3-4 hours long. Tours depart promptly. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to check in.

    October through May
    - Tours depart Friday through Tuesday approximately 3 hours prior to sunset.
    - please call for current departure time.

    Summer (June through September)
    - Tour is not offered.

    This tour has a 2 Adult minimum and 7 person maximum

    Ticket valid until Mar 31, 2019

    Purchase by Dec 31, 2018

    Terms & Conditions for San Andreas Fault Sunset Jeep Tour

    All tickets are non-refundable/non-returnable. We are unable to issue exchanges or refunds after a purchase has been made or for lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed tickets. Ticket package and prices are subject to change without notice.

    Gate price Your price Qty
    Adult (ages 12+) $139.00 $132.00
    Senior (ages 62+) $124.00 $118.00
    Child (children under 12) $114.00 $109.00

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