San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour
Palm Springs, California, USA
- 4-WD Jeep adventure: An expert naturalist guide and a rugged Jeep Scrambler take you deep into the desert, where you'll see places and vistas you never imagined.
- San Andreas Fault: Wind through a labyrinth of eerie geological cuts and canyons and learn about the geology, wildlife, and dangers of this extraordinary landscape.
- Desert history and culture: Tour an old mining camp, pan for gold, and visit a replica Cahuilla Indian village to experience Native American desert life.
About this Palm Springs, California tour
The bones of our planet are exposed in this dramatically tortured landscape. Here in the San Andreas Fault zone, California's defining geological feature, you're in the midst of one the most powerful forces in nature.
What's happening here is that the Pacific Plate (to the west of the fault) is moving northwest at about three inches a year, grinding against the North American Plate, headed in the opposite direction at about one inch a year. You'll squeeze into the narrow slot canyon where the plates collided, perhaps sensing the tension that could spell cataclysm for millions.
The stark and incredible scenery has been evolving for about 30 million years, and GoBe takes you where you'll feel the very soul of this ancient landscape. Geologists divide the 800-mile fault into three segments, and each has a different earthquake risk. This is California's sleeping giant. And it'll shake up all your senses.
Whole lotta shaking going on
More than a million earthquakes rattle our planet every year, but most don't affect humans because they happen on the ocean floor and in remote areas. But for the United States, the 1906 earthquake that ruptured the San Andreas Fault and devastated San Francisco was an unprecedented disaster. The tremors were felt from southern Oregon to Los Angeles, and as far inland as central Nevada.
Please make your way to 78 375 Varner Rd. ( In front of CoCo's Restaurant), Palm Dessert 92211
No outside food or beverage is permitted. Closed Christmas Day, Thanksgiving afternoon, New Years Day morning.
Expect a moderate amount of activity with a bumpy ride in the Jeep. You must be able to get in and out of the vehicle without assistance or with the aid of a companion.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Cultural, Scenic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 3 years of age or older to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Travelers with neck, back, or serious injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking any Jeep Tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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