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Painted Canyon & Mecca Hills Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs

Painted Canyon & Mecca Hills Tour by Jeep from Palm Springs

Explore the eastern Coachella Valley from Palm Springs California on this small group Jeep tour of Painted Canyon and Mecca Hills. Experience sheer canyon walls, fascinating geology, local agriculture, scenic vistas, and abundant desert flora as well as amazing hiking options on this 4x4 jeep excursion.

This incredible adventure takes you to the eastern end of the Coachella Valley where you will be immersed in the area’s second largest industry, agriculture. Depending on the time of year and growing conditions, you may see fields of artichokes, cauliflower, bell peppers and grapes, as well as groves of oranges, lemons, limes and dates. Above the agricultural basin, you'll cross the beautiful Coachella Canal which affords a magnificent view of the awe-inspiring Salton Sea.

As you leave the pavement and enter the majestic Mecca Hills Wilderness Area, you will be amazed by the lunar-like landscape. Then journey into the spectacular Painted Canyon and marvel at the incredible billion year old rainbow-colored mineral striations towering above you.

You can also enjoy an optional hike through narrow slot canyons. Depending on your sense of adventure, you can choose an easy nature walk, the Indiana Jones Hike or the infamous 'Hike of Death'!

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

3 to 4 hours

Time

8:00 am & 1:00 pm Monday through Friday (October through May)

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 Persons to Operate. Tour includes hotel pickup from the Palm Desert area; a general meeting location in Indio will be specified on your E-Ticket. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Description

Highlights

  • Naturalist guided eco-tour
  • Small group size
  • Learn about the valley's agriculture and geology
  • Incredible photo opportunities
  • Guided hike ranging from easy to moderate, depending on guest preference
  • Recommended for guests ages 8 and up

Inclusions

  • Naturalist guided eco-tour in a climate controlled vehicle
  • Complimentary pickup from all Palm Desert area hotels
  • All admission fees and taxes
  • Granola snack
  • Bottled water

Exclusions

  • Guide gratuity (optional)

What to Bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are highly recommended
  • Wear closed-toe shoes with rubber soles, such as tennis shoes or hiking boots. Sandals and shoes with high heels are not recommended.
  • Wear comfortable clothing; it is recommended that you dress in layers, as desert temperatures can change quickly
  • Bring a light sweater or jacket in the cooler months (November through March)
  • Don't forget your camera, the photo opportunities are amazing!

Important Notes

  • This tour requires 2 persons to operate. If the minimum number of persons is not met for the date and time of your reservation, you will be contacted to discuss alternatives.
  • Guests with neck or back injuries and women who are pregnant are advised to consult with their doctor before taking this tour
  • This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility difficulties
  • There are NO RESTROOMS available in the Mecca Hills Wilderness Area

Frequently Asked Questions

From where does the tour depart?
This tour departs from a central location in Indio. The address will be provided on your E-Ticket when your tour is confirmed. Complimentary hotel pickup is also available

Can children go?
Of course! However, the minimum age for this tour is 8.

How many guests fit in one Jeep?
Each Jeep carries 7 passengers plus your Naturalist Guide/Driver.

Do we need to bring water?
The Jeeps are stocked with plenty of cool bottled water and granola bars.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Minimum 2 Persons to Operate. Tour includes hotel pickup from the Palm Desert area; a general meeting location in Indio will be specified on your E-Ticket. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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