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Explore a jagged break in the earth’s crust on a 3–4-hour 4WD Jeep tour of the San Andreas Fault from Palm Desert, and get a glimpse of California’s most storied tectonic feature. Go deep into the desert as your guide describes the history and geology of this dynamic fault system, and walk into a canyon lined with brightly colored rock formations. Capture unforgettable images of the arid rift, watch for the wildlife as you explore the wide Coachella Valley, then finish your tour in Palm Desert.  


  • San Andreas Fault Jeep tour from Palm Desert
  • Travel aboard an open Jeep through the backcountry trails of a Bureau of Land Management Wilderness zone
  • Admire the vast desert landscape dotted with impressive rock formations and rugged canyons
  • Learn about the history of this world-famous earthquake fault from your knowledgeable guide

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What You Can Expect

San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour

San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour

At your selected departure time, you’ll be picked up from your Palm Desert hotel or you can meet at the Ralph’s supermarket in Palm Desert. Your guide will take you on a 3–4-hour drive by 4WD Jeep to your San Andreas Fault destination.

Hop aboard an all-terrain, open-air 4WD Jeep and breathe in the fresh air as you travel through rugged desert landscapes to a Bureau of Land Management Wilderness zone, part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It’s here that you’ll encounter the most colorful portion of the San Andreas Fault in all of California. The spectrum of layers and colors will dazzle you.

Your informative guide will teach you about the history of this world-famous earthquake fault line, which forms a continuous narrow break in the Earth's crust and extends from Northern California south to Cajon Pass near San Bernardino. As you'll learn, the presence of the San Andreas Fault was brought to world attention in 1906, when sudden displacement along the fault caused the infamous 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

As your guide drives you along the long desert path, capture photos of the sheer canyon walls, impressive rock formations, plants and maybe even some wildlife. You'll also get an up-close look at Coachella Valley’s vast agriculture on the drive to and from backcountry.

After your Jeep tour, relax on the comfortable drive back to Palm Desert.

Customer Reviews

Gary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide was very informative and cordial. It was a wonderful trip.

Werner B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour did'nt go ahead due to lack of people but I was offered to join another similar Tour up the Canyon to Joshua Tree N.P. which was A1

Jean Paul R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

It was great, and the guide was great. Exactly was we expected.

June A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Excellent guide, very interesting places - definitely a worthwhile tour.

Lynn B USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

Our guide was excellent, couldn't be more enthusiastic about his work and sharing his knowledge. What impressed us most is he "listened" to everything we said about our expectations, past experience and general conversation about the outdoors and wildlife and tailored the trip accordingly. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves! Our guide is a wonderful person don't lose him!

Christopher M L

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

very cool tour of the rock formations and a lot of interesting information from our guide

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