Private Jeep Tour – San Andreas Fault Bones of the Earth

Palm Desert, CA


Our Most Popular and In-Depth San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour!

This is our signature tour and most in-depth San Andreas Fault Experience. On this adventure, you will learn about the plants, animals, geology, and seismology of the California Desert and San Andreas Fault Zone. This tour also explains how and why the Cahuilla Indians lived in the fault zone and how they built and maintained a vibrant culture in this arid and inhospitable environment.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE SAN ANDREAS FAULT ZONE: Extraordinary scenery abounds as your Big Red Jeep winds its way through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone. Along the way your naturalist guide will describe the plants, animals, geology, and seismology of the San Andreas Fault. Take a walk between the steep walls of canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time and enjoy spectacular views and unique geologic features as your guide describes the geologic forces and local history that shaped the Coachella Valley.

VISIT A NATURAL PALM OASIS: Visit a natural palm oasis where crystal-clear water bubbles up year-round from the underground aquifer. Here, you will learn how the Cahuilla Indians used desert plants for food, medicine, shelter, tools, and weapons and how they built and maintained a vibrant culture in this arid and inhospitable environment.

TOUR A RECREATED CAHUILLA INDIAN VILLAGE: Enjoy a guided tour of a recreated Cahuilla Indian Village that sits on the former site of the ancient Cahuilla Village site of Paltewet. Your guide will share stories about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla People as you tour a ceremonial long-house, sweat lodge, and kishes (family huts) adorned with interpretive displays.


Tour Availability:

  • Morning tours are offered year-round
  • Afternoon tours are offered October – May only

Reservations: Advance Reservations are required and are subject to availability.

Vehicle: Open-air 7-pax Jeep

Departure Location: Tours depart from the Metate Ranch Parking Lot at the North End of Monroe Street in Indio, CA

Hotel Pickup: Available when booking by the Whole Jeep.

  • There is no charge for pickup from Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, or Indio.
  • Pickup from Palm Springs is $100 per Jeep additional.
  • Hotel pickup adds up to 1 hour to your tour.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Naturalist guided tour in a classic open-air Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8) with removable canvas shade top
  • Guided nature walk or easy hike – geared to the abilities of the guests in the jeep
  • Metate Ranch land and road use fees
  • Bottled water and granola snacks

Tour Advisories:

  • This tour is suitable for children aged 3 and up.
  • Proper footwear (hiking boots or walking/tennis shoes) are required. Please no open-toe shoes or sandals.
  • Guests get in and out of the Jeep several times on this tour to partake in short nature walks or an easy hike. Please let us know when booking if you have any mobility issues that limit your ability to walk or if you will need assistance getting in or out of the Jeep.
  • Guests who are pregnant or who have neck or back issues or injuries should consult with their doctor before taking this tour.
  • Masks are required for non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinated individuals whenever they are within 6 feet of another person (not in their household, which includes the tour guide) or when riding in the jeep or other vehicle. Masks can be removed by non-vaccinated or partially-vaccinated individuals while hiking or when out of the vehicle as long as everyone maintains at least 6-feet of physical distance between one another. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals. This policy will be updated from time to time in accordance with current scientific data and CDC, State, County, and Local guidelines, regulations, mandates, or restrictions.

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).

74794 Lennon Pl Ste B, Palm Desert, CA 92260

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