Rocking a Good Time on Desert Adventures

By Amy Yerrington

If you want to take a rock-solid tour that promises adventure, exciting terrain and amazing scenery, I have just the tour for you. Just jump on a Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tour and venture deep into the San Andreas Fault. This combination of history, science and Indiana Jones-style adventure is one of the most amazing experiences around—and it’s just minutes from Greater Palm Springs. Who would have guessed?

My guide, Phil, knew everything which is a good thing since I couldn’t stop asking questions. And, he had an answer for everything. We began the tour in the middle of a lush oasis, with water coming up from under the earth. Water in the desert! We saw greenery, wildflowers and then these twisted rock formations. All at once, I was standing in the middle of the San Andreas Fault Zone, which Phil explained was created by the movement of tectonic plates, wind, rain and erosion. I was totally in awe. It felt as though I had journeyed to a “land before time.”

Desert Adventures Red Jeep Tours has been leading phenomenal tours through “treacherous” terrain since 1987. Their Metate Ranch, an 840-acre private spread that straddles the San Andreas Fault Line, invites visitors to pan for gold, play horseshoes and enjoy old-west barbecues for special events and weddings.

This tour blew my mind. Now, I have to come back and do some Chill Chasing on one of their other tour adventures soon—maybe this time through the Indian Canyons or the Mecca Hills. So much chilling to do and so little time!