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Explore the geology around California’s legendary San Andreas fault during a guided 3-hour Jeep tour from Palm Springs. See a desert oasis fed by an underground spring as your naturalist guide describes how the Native American Cahuilla tribe used the desert's plants for food, medicine and shelter. Marvel at steep-walled canyons and tall twisted rock mountains, and learn about the plant and animal life of the area. Choose from a morning or after tour that includes light snacks, bottled water and round-trip transport from Palm Springs hotels.

Highlights

  • Small-group open-air Jeep tour to the San Andreas Fault, from Palm Springs
  • Walk around a desert oasis fed by underground water sources
  • Hear about geology and California's earthquakes
  • Learn about the Native American Cahuilla tribe and early pioneer settlers
  • Travel with an expert naturalist guide
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

San Andreas Fault Small-Group Jeep Tour from Palm Springs

San Andreas Fault

After hotel pickup in Palm Springs, enjoy a scenic drive through the Coachella Valley landscape for about 30 minutes until your arrival at a private reserve for your tour by open-air Jeep.

Your expert guide explains the ecology of this desert environment and takes you to see one of its unique features: an oasis of native palms. There you can see water from an underground creek that has been forced up to the surface by the fault lines, creating a green oasis that supports a range of plant and animal life.

Then go to a recreated Native American site that illustrates how the native Cahuilla people managed to live in this harsh climate. See homes, a sweat lodge and artifacts, and hear details about survival skills needed for living in the desert. Your guide also shares details about life for early American and European settlers in the area.

Next up, get a close look at the San Andreas fault on an easy walk into a slot canyon. Your guide shows you parts of the rock that reveal the region's unique geology and discusses the impact of the collision of the Pacific and North American plates, including earthquakes. Drive through other sections of the fault for another perspective.

At the end of three hours, your guide returns you to your hotel in Palm Springs.

Customer Reviews

Melissa F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Dick was an Amazing tour guide! I would do this again.

patricia b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We loved it, especially our guide. She was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the desert (probably since she was a former forest ranger) . we all learned a lot and saw some awesome scenery.

victoria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We are new residents to the area, enjoyed learning about the fault, the fauna and tasting the local flora. Our guide was amazing!

Maureen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Awesome

Elena S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Wonderful guide!

World Traveler USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Great day, fantastic guide.. Highly recommend

JennyC United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

Thoroughly enjoyed this tour with a very knowledgeable guide! We saw and explored numerous oasis' in the desert along the San Andreas fault and learned about this as well as the flora and fauna of the area. A fun day out!

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