Once horses are completely phased out, the Kentucky Derby will feature men riding on top of jeeps. For $45, today's Groupon gets you a two-hour Jeep-drawn-wagon tour of the San Andreas Fault from Desert Adventures, a $75 value. Tours depart from the north end of Monroe St. in Indio at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through May, depending on availability; call ahead to reserve a spot. The tour is safe for all ages, except children under four because they attract chupacabras.
Learn about the desert's plants, wildlife, and the origin of that spontaneous background harmonica. Desert Adventures' enthusiastic naturalists reveal all the mysteries of the desert and the centuries of interplay between geology, ecology, history, and podiatry. There are regular opportunities to hop out of the wagon and explore the terrain on foot. Mimic the desperation for wealth as you play "pan for gold" in the reconstructed prospector's settlement, or explore the replica Cahuilla Native American village before winding through the convoluted uplift geology of the Canyon of the Crescent Moon. Spot lions, foxes, and mountain lions that are visibly jealous of your voyeuristic advantage.
Live out the palatable, chuckle-inducing tension of a cheesy disaster movie as your guide tells stories about the steadily increasing shaking and murmuring escaping from the unsteady earth. Ominous music is not included; character development is up to you.
If you would like to upgrade, you may apply your Groupon toward any other Desert Adventures tour and pay the difference.
- Their guides are super knowledgeable and they take you places and show you things you would never imagine existed in the desert. – SB_grl, TripAdvisor
- The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and safety-conscious. – valibrn, TripAdvisor
- In general, we were very pleased with the tour and our guide and felt that we emerged with a much better understanding of the desert. – aorrdalca, TripAdvisor
Mary and Charlie Dungans sought a source of entertainment in Palm Springs beyond golf and tennis. To find it, they traveled beyond the city limits and into the surrounding deserts. There, they discovered a fascinating world of geological formations and wildlife inspiring them to found Desert Adventures in an effort to share this experience with others.
The couple only had three jeeps to their name when they opened their doors in 1987, but their sustainable nature tours proved popular. Today, their daughter Kimberly, her business partner Bob Schneider, and a crew of naturalist guides offer tours of an 840-acre private ranch and the unowned expanses of Mecca Hills. The equipment, too, has evolved with the times; the company's fleet includes 15 customized Jeep Scramblers capable of handling the desert pathways without disturbing the environment.