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California Overland Desert Excursions

1233 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-3100
+1 760-767-1232
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Evening tour

We had an excellent time on this tour. The scenery was beautiful and Joe and Carey were wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Diego, California
Great tour and guide

Joe is a great guide and very accommodating. We just completed the 5 hour tour today with our 5 and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Quebec City, Canada
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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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1233 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-3100
+1 760-767-1232
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent time on this tour. The scenery was beautiful and Joe and Carey were wonderful hosts and guides. We got some excellent night sky pictures also

Thank Jculmo
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Joe is a great guide and very accommodating. We just completed the 5 hour tour today with our 5 and 10 year old boys and everybody is back with the head full of memories. There is no way we could have seen what we saw...More

Thank frarob1
Reviewed 5 August 2017

My wife and I were looking for a guided tour of the dessert while we were staying in Borrego Springs, and we are so happy we took the Three-Terrains Tour with California Overland. While we were originally worried about spending five hours in the desert...More

Thank MikeBGONY
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Joe Raffetto the very cheerful and delightful owner of California Overland gave us a wonderful extended 5 hour tour which took us through a dried up lake, a canyon , a ride along an old trading road in the hills and amazing views after lunch...More

Thank Barrybazza
Reviewed 9 July 2017

First rate professional tour. Visited dry lake, badlands, slot canyon and had lunch at palm oasis. Joe was very passionate and knowledgeable. Wealth of knowledge on geography, flora, fauna and local history. I never could have imagined the desert would have been so interesting. Highly...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 16 June 2017

I recommend this to anyone that is in the area. Joe was great with all the kids, he told us a lot of the history of the area, stopped so we could get good pictures of wildlife and scenery, and was overall a wonderful guide....More

Thank WGR221
Reviewed 2 May 2017

I wanted to plan an activity for the last weekend of our 9 yr old's spring break. We wanted to go someplace and feel like vacation without leaving the state or getting on a plane. A little research and we found Anza-Borrego State Park. A...More

1  Thank Shereen B
Reviewed 6 April 2017

My daughter and I wanted an "up close and Personal" view of the superbloom. Although we were a bit late for it, thanks to Mike, our guide, we learned that the desert, rather than being dead and dreary as I had thought, is filled with...More

Thank Joyce S
Reviewed 1 April 2017

My wife and I went out to Anza Borrego to see the wild flowers bloom and took a 2 /12 hr off road tour. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Font's Point, the badlands and many beautiful wildflowers that you simply can't enjoy from the roadside. Joe...More

Thank dtaira2014
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We just returned from a private jeep trip with Michael at Calif Overland Adventures. It was an absolutely amazing experience! Worth every cent! How many times in your life can a person go through the desert with a guide like Michael...he inspired us to love...More

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10 August 2015|
Response from deserttourguy | Property representative |
Hi, If you're camping in the warmer weather, snakes are a possibility, but I come across 1 to 3 rattlesnakes a year. Scorpions come out at night if the temps are above 68º or so, and there is not too much moonlight. You... More
29 May 2015|
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Response from deserttourguy | Property representative |
Hi Jen, Thank you for your interest in our adventures. Yes, we are indeed open year round. In June the high temps can range from the low 90s in the early part of the month to close to 110 towards July. The evenings are... More