3 hrs
Minimum Age
Palm Desert

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

Tour Length: 3 hours from Metate Ranch


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.

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 as your naturalist guide entertains you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, seismology and history of the California desert. 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.
Adults (18 years and up)
Online reservations are accepted for up to 14 guests only.
Children (3-17 years of age)
Children must be over 40 pounds OR at least 40 inches tall. Parents must provide booster seats. A parent must accompany the child.

This adventure is operated by Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Activity may be canceled due to severe weather
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Trip Minimums
In order to run this tour, a minimum number of tickets must be sold. If the ticket minimum is not met, Dana Wharf may need to cancel the trip. If we do cancel, you will be contacted as soon as possible and fully refunded and or rescheduled.