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San Andreas Fault

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The Basics

At just over 28,000 years old, the San Andreas Fault is still growing at a rate of 2.5 inches (64 millimeters) per year, constantly reshaping California. The fault is divided into three distinct zones, each of which can be visited: the northern part via the Pinnacles National Park, the central part at the San Andreas Fault Observatory in Parkfield, and the southern part from the San Bernardino Mountains to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Open-air Jeep tours head out to the Palm Desert to explore the fault, as well as the oasis and hot springs it created.

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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
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San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
$150.00 per adult
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Great experience. Enjoyed thoroughly
Guide was friendly, accommodating and had excellent knowledge of the history and area. Wonderful tour.
kamleshmacwan, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

star-5
Our guide, Don was...
elizabeth_d, Jan 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Springs
Our guide, Don was awesome - very knowledgeable - he made the excursion even more fun than it already is
star-4
See the San Andreas Fault and let them do the driving!
Robert_H, Oct 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
We enjoyed walking through the San Andreas fault and climbing on the rocks in the canyon. It is so quiet and beautiful. Joel was knowledgeable and a good driver too.
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Book it now!
Evelyn_O, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Our tour guide, Bonnie, was great! She was very knowledgeable and pleasant with a wonderful sense of humor. We loved the little hikes - slot canyon was our favorite, but all were great. We did this with our adult children and granddaughter - highly recommend it!
star-5
Well worth the Money, Time, and Effort!!!
LIDIA_D, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
The Tour Guide, Lanny, was able to re-creater how life must have been back when the original band of Indians lived throughout this area, with all his knowledge and stories. This is a Must Do Again Adventure!!! The ride was easy on my lower back, I have back problems. I took a cushion, just in case, but I didn't need it.
star-5
Excellent!
Richard_B, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
The tour was excellent and the tour guide, Isabell, was great! She was extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun! Would definitely recommend it!
star-5
Great day. Try it you will like it!!
Bob_V, Nov 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
Isabell was a great guide. She made the trip educational and fun. We loved the stop at the fault oasis and the off roaring through the fault.
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Our tour guide Rick was...
Barbara_H, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Our tour guide Rick was exceptional He said they call him Rickapedia and that is the perfect name for him Made the tour wonderful
star-4
A different kind of tour
Likes8s, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Kelly was a great guide. We learned a lot. It was very interesting. He was very knowledgeable. It was a great day.
star-5
Choose Morgan as guide if you want info.
David_G, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Morgan knew so much about the history of the area. She kept a continuous conversation about the area, water, mts. Oasis and answered questions. Several stops and water provided. Very knowledgeable .
star-5
Great time in the desert!
Carla_H, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Gary was our driver and he was wonderful! So knowledgeable and fun! We are from Indiana and learned so much.
star-5
Everything was great and...
Morgan_R, Dec 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Everything was great and super informative. We loved the plants, indian village, and mostly the canyon views! Thanks for a great tour, Gary!
star-4
A fun and educational adventure
Pat_P, Sep 2021
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour
The short hike up the side canyon - unique scenery and geology. Knowledgeable guide / excellent off-road driving. Sorry we couldn't stop at the date grove. Would have been 5 stars except my reservation was messed up.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Desert temperatures can fluctuate drastically, so dress in layers if you’re heading to Palm Desert on a tour.

  • Wear sneakers or hiking boots to climb around the fault area.

  • Be sure to apply sunblock, wear a hat, and bring water.

  • Almost all traces of a crack in the earth along the fault line were erased by the 1906 earthquake that leveled San Francisco; what remain now are geological rock formations.

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How to Get There

The southern part of the fault begins near the San Bernardino Mountains, just outside of Los Angeles, and runs east to the San Gabriel Mountains, with Palm Springs being the best place to explore the fault. Palm Springs is located about an hour and 45 minutes southeast of LA. Tours typically begin at a location in Palm Desert, not Palm Springs.

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When to Get There

If you’re planning to head out to Palm Desert to tour the fault area, book your trip between January and April, when the weather is the most pleasant. During the summer, temperatures regularly rise above 100 degrees. If you want to explore the northern section at Pinnacles National Park, which is near Big Sur, aim for some time between September and November for optimum weather conditions.

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Joshua Tree

Named for the Joshua trees that are native to the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Park is located near San Bernardino and Palm Springs. The protected area boasts plenty of outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, rock climbing, and birding, and many tour companies offer rides in 4WD vehicles, to explore the park and its wildlife.

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