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Palm Desert

Palm Desert

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Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

1. Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

Board your open-air Jeep and embark upon a scenic and informative exploration of the stunning landscape of an active earthquake zone where you will travel across private property only accessible by 4WD and only open for this specific tour. This exciting 4WD adventure to the private Metate Ranch reserve on the San Andreas fault line is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any visitor to the Coachella Valley. Discover the unique geography of this tortured landscape as you explore the skeleton of the earth. Visit a natural oasis and uncover the mysteries of the hardy plants and animals carving out an existence in the dry barren landscape.  Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more. You will have an opportunity to walk among the stone corridors and sheer granite walls of ancient canyons as you learn the fascinating history of the primal forces that shaped the valleys and surrounding landscape and the people that called this place home for millennia.

Palm Springs: Self-Driving Windmill Tour

2. Palm Springs: Self-Driving Windmill Tour

The Palm Springs windmill self-driving tour is an interactive, educational, and fun tour for friends and family. This tour will guide you along with an audio program provided through an app with clearly marked destinations throughout the first commercial wind farm in Southern California. After check-in at the Tour Center, you will see a 15-minute video before your self-driving tour. There are exhibits inside the Tour Center on wind energy. You will then be given a map and directed to where to start your tour. You will then take a journey through 10 marked stops, starting with a display yard of non-operating wind turbines. Learn about the successes and failures and visit a real generating wind turbine, where you can get up close and take pictures. Continue to a solar farm and end the tour with a stop at the old gas plant.

Palm Springs & Joshua Tree: National Park Self-Guided Tours

3. Palm Springs & Joshua Tree: National Park Self-Guided Tours

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Embark on a captivating journey through Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, blending natural wonders with rich celebrity history. Your adventure begins at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, setting the stage for the marvels ahead. Then, discover the hidden stories of Samuelson's Rock and the tranquility of Willow Hole, before witnessing the iconic Intersection Rock and the unique formations of Cap Rock. Explore Lost Horse Valley's rugged landscapes, followed by the mystical Skull Rock. The Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center then offers a celestial experience. Queen Mountain's majestic views are next, leading to the historic Desert Queen Mine. Stroll the Arch Rock Nature Trail, marvel at the stark beauty of the Ocotillo Patch, and find solace at Cottonwood Spring and its visitor center. Next, head to Palm Springs Visitor Center for a dose of urban charm, before ascending the heights with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The Palm Springs Art Museum beckons with cultural treasures, followed by a star-studded walk on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Immerse yourself in history at the Palm Springs Air Museum, then embrace the natural serenity of the Coachella Valley Preserve. Reflect on history at the General Patton Memorial Museum. Take a detour to admire the architectural wonders of the Kaufmann and Liberace Houses, a testament to luxury and style. Drive through the Movie Stars of Yesteryear, reminiscing about the golden era of Hollywood. The Movie Colony reveals more star-studded stories, leading to the whimsical Robolights. Pay homage to Frank Sinatra's legacy, then delve into the Rat Pack's history in Palm Springs. The Walk of Stars further celebrates the region's luminaries. As you head towards Coachella Valley, the tour narrates the history of the famed music festival. Passing the Palm Springs Airport, learn about Bob Hope's influence, the region's date palms, and its golfing legacy. The tour concludes with a visit to the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, where desert geology and the serene Willis Palm and Pushwalla Palms Trails await. This comprehensive tour offers a unique blend of natural beauty, celebrity glamour, and historical insights, making for an unforgettable self-guided adventure.

Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Hiking Tour by Jeep

4. Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Hiking Tour by Jeep

Begin your incredible journey in a 4WD as your tour guide takes you into the lush palm oasis of the magnificent Indian Canyons of Palm Springs. Visit the historical home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Learn about the history, culture, legends, and stories of the Cahuilla people. Along the way, discover Rincon Village and the Cahuilla’s amazing understanding and usage of desert plants.  Embark on a guided 1-mile hike on a peaceful trail up Andreas Canyon that winds along a beautiful stream of cascading waters shaded by a canopy of California Fan Palms. Discover ancient bedrock mortars and an array of desert flora. Once you reach the top of the trail, enjoy a breathtaking view of the steep cliff walls on the opposite side. Enjoy a short walk to a hidden water cave where the water flows most of the year. At the end of your adventure, relax, refresh, and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the Indian Trading Post which features Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings, and more.

Our most recommended things to do in Palm Desert

Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

Palm Springs: San Andreas Fault Open-Air Jeep Tour

Board your open-air Jeep and embark upon a scenic and informative exploration of the stunning landscape of an active earthquake zone where you will travel across private property only accessible by 4WD and only open for this specific tour. This exciting 4WD adventure to the private Metate Ranch reserve on the San Andreas fault line is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any visitor to the Coachella Valley. Discover the unique geography of this tortured landscape as you explore the skeleton of the earth. Visit a natural oasis and uncover the mysteries of the hardy plants and animals carving out an existence in the dry barren landscape.  Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more. You will have an opportunity to walk among the stone corridors and sheer granite walls of ancient canyons as you learn the fascinating history of the primal forces that shaped the valleys and surrounding landscape and the people that called this place home for millennia.

Palm Springs: Self-Driving Windmill Tour

Palm Springs: Self-Driving Windmill Tour

The Palm Springs windmill self-driving tour is an interactive, educational, and fun tour for friends and family. This tour will guide you along with an audio program provided through an app with clearly marked destinations throughout the first commercial wind farm in Southern California. After check-in at the Tour Center, you will see a 15-minute video before your self-driving tour. There are exhibits inside the Tour Center on wind energy. You will then be given a map and directed to where to start your tour. You will then take a journey through 10 marked stops, starting with a display yard of non-operating wind turbines. Learn about the successes and failures and visit a real generating wind turbine, where you can get up close and take pictures. Continue to a solar farm and end the tour with a stop at the old gas plant.

Palm Springs & Joshua Tree: National Park Self-Guided Tours

Palm Springs & Joshua Tree: National Park Self-Guided Tours

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Embark on a captivating journey through Joshua Tree and Palm Springs, blending natural wonders with rich celebrity history. Your adventure begins at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, setting the stage for the marvels ahead. Then, discover the hidden stories of Samuelson's Rock and the tranquility of Willow Hole, before witnessing the iconic Intersection Rock and the unique formations of Cap Rock. Explore Lost Horse Valley's rugged landscapes, followed by the mystical Skull Rock. The Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center then offers a celestial experience. Queen Mountain's majestic views are next, leading to the historic Desert Queen Mine. Stroll the Arch Rock Nature Trail, marvel at the stark beauty of the Ocotillo Patch, and find solace at Cottonwood Spring and its visitor center. Next, head to Palm Springs Visitor Center for a dose of urban charm, before ascending the heights with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The Palm Springs Art Museum beckons with cultural treasures, followed by a star-studded walk on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Immerse yourself in history at the Palm Springs Air Museum, then embrace the natural serenity of the Coachella Valley Preserve. Reflect on history at the General Patton Memorial Museum. Take a detour to admire the architectural wonders of the Kaufmann and Liberace Houses, a testament to luxury and style. Drive through the Movie Stars of Yesteryear, reminiscing about the golden era of Hollywood. The Movie Colony reveals more star-studded stories, leading to the whimsical Robolights. Pay homage to Frank Sinatra's legacy, then delve into the Rat Pack's history in Palm Springs. The Walk of Stars further celebrates the region's luminaries. As you head towards Coachella Valley, the tour narrates the history of the famed music festival. Passing the Palm Springs Airport, learn about Bob Hope's influence, the region's date palms, and its golfing legacy. The tour concludes with a visit to the Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, where desert geology and the serene Willis Palm and Pushwalla Palms Trails await. This comprehensive tour offers a unique blend of natural beauty, celebrity glamour, and historical insights, making for an unforgettable self-guided adventure.

Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Hiking Tour by Jeep

Palm Springs: Indian Canyons Hiking Tour by Jeep

Begin your incredible journey in a 4WD as your tour guide takes you into the lush palm oasis of the magnificent Indian Canyons of Palm Springs. Visit the historical home of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Learn about the history, culture, legends, and stories of the Cahuilla people. Along the way, discover Rincon Village and the Cahuilla’s amazing understanding and usage of desert plants.  Embark on a guided 1-mile hike on a peaceful trail up Andreas Canyon that winds along a beautiful stream of cascading waters shaded by a canopy of California Fan Palms. Discover ancient bedrock mortars and an array of desert flora. Once you reach the top of the trail, enjoy a breathtaking view of the steep cliff walls on the opposite side. Enjoy a short walk to a hidden water cave where the water flows most of the year. At the end of your adventure, relax, refresh, and shop for unique gifts and souvenirs at the Indian Trading Post which features Indian art and artifacts, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, weavings, and more.

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What people are saying about Palm Desert

Overall rating

4.7
(56 reviews)

My grade school friend and I took the trip with your company over the weekend. It was wonderful! Our guide, Landy, was the best! He is such a people person and so knowledgeable! I loved how he grew up in the area and had great stories of things he and his friend did over the years. After this tour with Landy, I have such an appreciation of the desert! Thank you for this wonderful experience.

Excellent information and a great learning experience that was actually very interesting, too. Learned a lot that we knew nothing about & learned things that we didn’t even know existed. Certainly worth the time and money.

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area, etc. Very agreeable to taking pictures, etc. Enjoyed the day, even though we had a small amount of rain. Would recommend especially for those new to the valley.

Travis was awesome!! Being from the area, he knew and loved the history of the geography of the fault and the Indigenous people. Our 3 hour tour was just the right amount of time for discovery of the area.

We loved Theresa - she was a terrific guide. Very knowledgeable about the area, native people who inhabited this desert area, and the geographical aspects of this amazing part of CA. Great tour!