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Desert Adventures

74-794 Lennon Place, Palm Desert, California 92260 | (760) 340-2345 or (8
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Type: Guided Tours, Museums & Monuments, Nature & Gardens, Hiking & Walking, Playgrounds & Playspaces, and Sports
Ages: Ages 4 — adult
Cost: $$$
Hours of operation: Operate year round

They take children 4 years old and over on our San Andreas Fault "Earthquake" Tour. Will take smaller children on private jeeps or other tours. California Law requires that children under 6 years of age or 60 pounds must ride in an approved child safety seat. To ensure the safety of your child, you must provide your own car seat.

3 Reviews for Desert Adventures

May 24 2013
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"Absolutely perfect"

I'm a city girl, so was a bit nervous about the idea of heading out to the desert on a jeep, at night time.  I had no reason to fear- the Nightwatch Stargazing Jeep Tour was tremendous fun!

We were picked up at our hotel by the entertaining and friendly jeep driver.  Since it was early evening and still quite warm, the top was on the jeep as we drove to the desert, which helped keep the hot sun off of us.  Soon we were out of the city and off on a dirt road into the desert!

We started out our trip by driving a loop to check out palm trees and scenery on the edge of the desert. It was so different from what I'm used to in Seattle, but beautiful in its own way. Next we headed to the San Andreas fault area, where we got out of the jeep and took a short walk into a small canyon. Being surrounded by the sandstone walls was just amazing.  While we were exploring the various desert areas, our guide was constantly telling us stories about the history and geology of what we were seeing. Very educational, but presented in a very approachable and entertaining way.

After lots of photos were taken, we then headed for the "Ghost Town".  We'd expected a very rustic dinner in the desert, so were suprised to arrive in a little town with tons of cute little buildings! There's a jail, a store, a bar, a stage and much more. Groups can rent out the little town for events.  It looked like a great place for a group function!

After a delicious dinner, night had fallen enough to do some stargazing. The stars were nice and bright and our guide explained what we were looking at and pointed out a number of constellations to us. Then he used a very cool gadget called a "sky scout". He just aimed this device at the star or planet that we wanted to know more about and the sky scout gave us a short description of what we were looking at, as well as some history and stories.  

The desert is beautiful at nighttime and I'm so glad to have gotten the chance to see it for myself.  If your family is looking for a really special, unique adventure in the desert, check out the Stargazing Tour.  

*I was hosted on this event as part of a press trip that I was on. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

January 11 2011
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"One of the best vacation experiences we have ever had!"

I LOVED our Desert Adventures jeep tour!  Since my children are only four, we opted to take the shortest tour- the 2 hour Faultline Jeep tour.  During those two hours we learned about so much about the Colorado Desert, from what plants Native Americans used to survive to discovering the 4th largest aquifer was sitting right below Palm Springs.  

Highlights of the trip included visiting a palm oasis, exploring a recreated Cahuilla Indian village, winding through the very slot canyons where a scene from Star Wars was filmed, standing on the San Andreas Fault, and panning for gold next to an old mine.

The company offers several other tours including one of Joshua Tree National Park.

For more information, please check out my blog post on the Talking Trekaroo.

December 23 2010
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"Fun with the Family"

Desert Adventures runs a Mystery Canyon tour, which lasts four and a half hours, covering the area where Land of the Lost was filmed. For families, the San Andreas Fault Adventure called “Earthquake” is the most popular, hands down (must be at least four years old to participate). For a decidedly more twenty-first-century adventure, and a perfect way for families to explore the desert, consider hopping aboard a red, seven passenger, four-wheel-drive jeep for one of the tour offerings. The Lost Legends of the Wild West Adventure, Indian Cultural Adventures, and Mystery Canyon jeep adventures are among the tour options. Mary, the owner, says the tours are perfect “for ages six to one hundred and six.” Ask about the Night Watch Stargazing Tour.

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