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California Overland Desert Excursions

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Address: 1233 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-3100
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Exciting Day and Overnight Excursions in the amazing Anza-Borrego Desert...

Exciting Day and Overnight Excursions in the amazing Anza-Borrego Desert aboard authentic military vehicles and vintage Jeep CJ7. Also, Wine Tasting Tours featuring a gourmet barbecue in the Julian Back Country. We are a contracted concessionaire of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and a state-licensed passenger carrier.

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Can't miss this excursion!

We had one and a half days in the desert and this excursion was a highlight! Joe (terrible memory??) brought three of us out in a jeep to see part of the park. It's so large you... read more

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had one and a half days in the desert and this excursion was a highlight! Joe (terrible memory??) brought three of us out in a jeep to see part of the park. It's so large you would need to see it in a number of trips. The views were spectacular! His knowledge included the geological history, the plants, personal... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly one of the most awe-inspiring tours I have ever taken in my life. The sheer majesty of the desert and the views it affords will take your breath away. Joe's knowledge of the Anzo-Borrego area, its culture and the wildlife is second to none. Will definitely be making a return trip next time I am in Southern California.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Scheduled an afternoon desert excursion about 48 hours in advance. Left a message and Joe called me right back 10 mins later. It was myself and my teenage daughter and it was a great almost 5 hours with an afternoon lunch after a short hike in an off road canyon. The weather was gorgeous. Joe was super knowledgeable about everything... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Our three generation family loved our five hour desert tour. Joe is clearly passionate about The Anza-Berrego desert and very knowledgeable about the geology and history of the area. He was very flexible about making adjustments based on the age and endurance of our family members. We were well fed and he made sure we stayed hydrated. The part of... More 

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Bear, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

We recently did the Celestial Overnight program and it was AWESOME! We had never been to the desert before (we're from Delaware) and wanted to see it for the first time with people who knew the area and could teach us about what we were seeing. We discovered California Overland on Trip Advisor and, having read all kinds of terrific... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

First I want to thank Joe for a wonderful day, WOW!!!! He knows his stuff and is attentive to everyone's needs in the group. We had loads of Lemonny H2O and the lunch was delicious. He also came prepared with H2O ice packs and when the H2O melted it became a fountain to cool off my wife and daughters. I... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Our family loved this tour, even in spite of the 115 degree weather! Joe and Will were so knowledgeable and shared great information about the region, plus really looked out for us with the heat advisory under way. They had lots of water, ice packs, etc, plus a decision to go in the air conditioned vehicles made the journey fun,... More 

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Dublin ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Well worth it. We had an incredible time. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and took extra good care of us during a major heat weave. Plenty of water and healthy snacks. This a must do if your in this area.

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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

I had the pleasure of surprising my husband with this great adventure in the Anza Borrego Desert. California Overland is a fantastic way to have an adventure were you will be safe, enjoy the sights, learn a thing or two but above all you will be treated with style. Joe was our guide and his knowledge of the are was... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

My girlfriend and I did a full-day (8+ hours) private tour with California Overland Desert Excursions' owner Joe on May 31st, in his faithful yellow open-top CJ7 Jeep, and we had the best of days! Joe was a great guide on so many accounts: he picked an area of the Anza-Borrego State park that was going to be closed to... More 

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