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San Andreas Fault Sunset & Stargazing Jeep Tour from Palm Desert

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    What to Expect
    This stargazing adventure begins with a hotel pickup in Palm Desert, followed by an open-air Jeep ride into the desert. 

    Travel to a private preserve on the San Andreas Fault to visit a natural palm oasis. Explore the stunning canyons and visit an ancient fossil bed as the Jeep winds through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons along the San Andreas Fault Zone.

    Learn about the desert’s plants, animals, history, geology and earthquakes and find out why the Cahuilla people lived on the San Andreas Fault. Hear some of the fascinating stories of the valley's pioneer settlers and gold miners.  

    Watch the sun dip below the horizon, casting beautiful colors and shadows all over the Palm Desert. Then, just as the stars come out, discover the mysteries of the night sky with a high powered telescope, laser pointer, and tutorial. The guide will point out the visible planets and stars and share the stories and mythology of the constellations.

    The tour ends with a return trip to Palm Desert and a hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    78375 Varner Rd, Palm Desert, CA 92211, USA

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pickup is offered from the cities of La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, and Rancho Mirage,

    subject to availability. Additional pickup fees may apply.

    Please contact Desert Adventures after booking to request hotel pickup.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Naturalist guided open-air Jeep eco-tour
    • Granola snacks
    • Bottled water
    • Land Use Fees
    • Entry/Admission - San Andreas Fault
    • Guide gratuity (optional)
    • Food and drink (unless otherwise specified)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • A minimum of 2 guests per booking is required
    • Closed-toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen are strongly advised
    • As desert temperatures may vary, dressing in layers would be advised
    • Please call the reservation's desk a day or two before your tour to confirm your pickup time and location. Failure to call, however, will NOT result in cancellation of the tour.
    • The departure time of this tour varies with sunset. Tours depart approximately 1.5 hours before sunset.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Guests with neck or back program or pregnant women in their 2nd or 3rd trimester should consult with their doctor before taking a Jeep tour.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We were guided by Jay, who was an excellent guide! So much knowledge and information! We had a fantastic and very interesting tour with a guide that had a great sense of humor, and wonderful energy. We learned so much about the planets and stars...More

    Thank Climber773426
    Emelie P, General Manager at Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your great review! Jay is definitely a funny guy. So happy you had a great time and enjoyed the stargazing portion of the tour with Mitch!

    Reviewed July 19, 2019 via mobile

    John D was an excellent tour guide!!! I highly recommend asking for him if you book this tour. He is extremely knowledgeable. He had a cooler of waters and granola snacks with him on the jeep and he picked us up from our hotel. We...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Emelie P, General Manager at Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Thank you for your amazing review! John D is a great guide and I am happy to hear you enjoyed the stargazing portion with Mitch.

    Reviewed March 27, 2019 via mobile

    Our family of four, including very hard to impress tweens/teens, thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this tour. Our tour guide, Rick, was amazing. His knowledge of the history and geology of the area, the vegetation, the animal life, the Native American culture and history absolutely...More

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    knilsson, Owner at Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2019

    What a beautiful review! Rick is so amazing and we are glad that we was able to exceed your expectations.

    Reviewed February 28, 2019

    Spent a very pleasant and informative 3 hrs with John D., our guide on the tour. We were lucky in that the recent storms have caused the wild flowers to be in bloom. The ride is quit fun with plenty of stops for sightseeing.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Jim B
    knilsson, Owner at Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2019

    Thank you for your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed you tour with John D. and was able to see the beautiful wildflowers in bloom!

    Reviewed February 17, 2019

    We originally booked a different tour, but the weather mandated a cancellation. The customer service was proactive and accommodating and we decided to go on the San Andreas Fault tour with Bonnie. It was interesting and Bonnie was a friendly fountain of knowledge. Great tour...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank BosJax
    knilsson, Owner at Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

    Glad to hear that our team was really able to come together for you and your guests! Rain can be difficult and we are happy that you were still able to enjoy a tour with us.

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