Desert Adventures conducts two- to four-hour red jeep tours ($100 to $200) on private land along the canyons and palm oases above the San Andreas earthquake fault. Other public tours include Painted Canyon/Mecca Hills and Joshua Tree National Park. Groups are small and guides are knowledgeable. Departures are from Palm Springs and La Quinta; hotel pickups are available.
Elite Land Tours offers two- to five-hour luxurious treks via Hummer and helicopter led by knowledgeable guides who take you to the San Andreas Fault, Joshua Tree, the Salton Sea, and other locations. Tours include hotel pickup, lunch, snacks, and beverages.
The city of Palm Desert offers four self-guided tours of its 150-piece Art in Public Places collection. Each tour is walkable or drivable. Maps are available at the Palm Desert Visitor Center and online (www.palm-desert.org/arts-culture/public-art). You can also take guided tours on the second Saturday of the month or by appointment for groups of four or more.
Desert Adventures. This outfit's two- to four- hour jeep tours cover topics such as the San Andreas Fault, local craft breweries, celebrity homes, and gay history. Tours also head off-road through Joshua Tree National Park. The groups are small and the guides are knowledgeable. Departures are from Palm Springs and La Quinta; hotel pickups are available. 760/324–5337. www.red-jeep.com. From $55.
Trail Discovery Hiking Guides. For more than two decades, this outfit has been guiding hikers of all abilities through the desert canyons of the Palm Springs area. 760/413–1575. www.palmspringshiking.com. From $65.
Art in Public Places. Several self-guided tours cover the works in Palm Desert's 150-piece Art in Public Places collection. Each tour is walkable or drivable. Maps and information about guided tours (one Saturday each month) are available at the city's visitor center and online. Palm Desert Visitor Center, 73-470 El Paseo, Suite F-7, Palm Desert, CA, 92260. 760/568–1441. www.palm-desert.org/arts-culture/public-art. Free.
Palm Springs Tours. You can explore celebrity history or the inner reaches of Joshua Tree with this longtime local operator. 800/409–3174. www.palmspringstours.net. From $100.
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