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San Andreas Fault Zone 4WD Tour from Palm Desert

Product ID: 249947
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Experience an extraordinarily scenic 4WD tour of the San Andreas Fault Zone as your naturalist guide entertains you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and history of the California desert.
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Duration: 3 hours
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  • See the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system
  • Walk through deep canyons created by plate tectonics, water, and wind
  • Explore a natural palm oasis where water bubbles up from the underground aquifer
  • Listen to your guide describe the geologic forces and local history of the Coachella Valley
  • Learn about the culture of the Cahuilla Indians and the plants and animals of the desert
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Begin your 3-hour tour from a central location in scenic Palm Desert, a short distance from the famous Palm Springs, or from your accommodation in Palm Desert or Indian Wells. Head out into the desert to start your scenic and informative exploration of the stunning landscape of an active earthquake zone. Be taken 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 the primal forces that shaped the valleys and surrounding landscape and the people that called this place home for millennia.
  • Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Palm Desert or Indian Wells, subject to availability and if option selected
  • 3-hour narrated 4WD tour
  • Local professional guide
  • Water
What’s Not Included
  • Pickup and drop-off from Rancho Mirage or La Quinta, which is available at an additional charge of $25 per 4WD
  • Food or additional drinks
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

In the parking lot in front of Coco’s Bakery & Restaurant, 78-375 Varner Road, Palm Desert, CA 92211. This is off the I-10 freeway at Washington Street. This is the Coco’s Restaurant in Palm Desert not Palm Springs. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to scheduled departure time to check-in.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Closed-toe shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
• You must provide a car safety seat for children under 8 years old and under 4' 9"
• There is a minimum number of 2 people required for the tour to operate
• It is recommended to consult with your doctor before booking a 4WD tour if you have neck or back problems, serious injuries, or are pregnant
• Please note that groups will be combined to fill a 4WD, which has 7 seats

From US$ 140 per person

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