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San Andreas Fault

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!
What a great experience and Kelly, our tour guide, was really knowledgeable. We got to see a lot of the acreage and the different geological features.
Neil_Y, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Palm Springs

star-5
Beautiful, informative, must do!
Leah_H, May 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
We enjoyed Bruce and his knowledge of the desert, history of the San Andreas Fault and the history of the Native Americans. Really enjoyed the information about the development of the landscape and the native plants used by the Native Americans for daily living. I would highly recommend this excursion and would recommend traveling with Bruce!
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Red Jeep San Andreas Fault Tour
Kim_B, May 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Despite the sand storm, which our guide did a wonderful job keeping us sheltered from, the tour was informative with great scenery. Our guide was personable, able to tell us about the history and geology of the area and entertaining.
star-4
Good trip
Nancy_Z, Apr 2022
San Andreas Fault Offroad Tour
Liked best Hearing about and seeing the sthe geology. Also liked learning about the dessert plants and how the Indians them. Disappointed, we just missed getting our date shake, it was closed when got there. Jeff was our guide. Personable and knowledgeable ,humorous at times.
star-5
Travis was a great guide...
Jim_D, Apr 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Springs
Travis was a great guide and very informative! Excursion was very cool. Loved the oasis’s and the slot canyon.
star-5
An Amazing Experience
gregory_E, Apr 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
We had never visited the San Andreas Fault before. Thanks to our excellent Guide, we now know everything we wanted and needed to learn about this interesting geological feature. The landscape, the hikes, the Indian village, and the brief "off-road" adventure were amazing. Many thanks for a wonderful tour!
star-5
Will did a great job, knows the area , history, flora, overall wonderful morning
Michael_o, Apr 2022
San Andreas Fault Offroad Tour
Walking thru cuts to gain view, seeing the variations in formations, getting up and down some steep off road
star-4
Cool experience
Eric_W, May 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Our guide was awesome very entertaining. He did whatever he could to makes us comfortable in the heat
star-5
Loved Jeep Tour
Tracey_K, Apr 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
This was amazing and so glad we did it. Guide Ron was knowledgeable, friendly and kind. Would certainly recommend to anyone.
star-5
Great Family Outing!
Evelien_V, Apr 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
So fun! The kids and I had a great time. We saw an oasis, native american village, and of course, the fault. Our guide (Bruce) was great - super knowledgable, easy going, and patient. Would love to do more red jeep tours!
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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-5
Great tour!!
Cynthia_L, Mar 2022
San Andreas Fault Offroad Tour
Captain Ron was awesome! His knowledge was incredible and he took us to see some amazing sights! Highly recommend. Seeing the Salton Sea and learning about the desert’s habitat were our favorite.
star-4
Fun way to learn! !
Mary_B, Feb 2022
San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour from Palm Desert
Excellent way to learn about the area in a fun interactive way! Our guide Ron was very knowledgeable and brought us to some amazing sites while teaching us about the history of the San Andreas fault area.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What else should I know about attractions in Palm Springs?
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As well as visiting the San Andreas Fault , check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: