It’s a great time to walk on the wild side of Palm Springs, especially when you have highly-rated off-road adventurers to guide your family there. Three of the desert’s eco-tour operators – Desert Adventures, Big Wheel Tours, and Adventure Hummer Tours – provide exclusive glimpses of Palm Springs’ backcountry. Families venturesome enough to climb aboard a jeep or hummer and wander off the beaten path will be greeted with breathtaking views of undisturbed landscape, blooming wildflowers, and fauna peeking out to catch some rays.
Each of these adventure companies has their own unique style of touring. Check out the details below to see which best fits your family.
Big Wheel Tours: Big Wheel Tours is all about customized trips for consummate thrill-seekers. The Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Adventure, for example, is a 5-hour excursion into the high desert via bumpy, rugged terrain in a state-of-the-art Wrangler Rubicon Jeep. Although there were a couple of stops along the way to check out the flora and do some climbing, there are other tours offered with more frequent stops for families with younger kids to get out and run around. For prices and details, visit the Big Wheel Tours website.
Adventure Hummer Tours: When in Palm Springs, it’s hard to miss Adventure Hummer Tours’ signature yellow H1 Hummers. Great for larger groups, the H1’s forward-facing stadium seating makes you feel like you’re on an exciting, all-terrain amusement park ride. For prices and details, visit the Adventure Hummer Tours website.
Desert Adventures: The 3-hour San Andreas Fault Jeep Eco-Tour with Desert Adventures is great for families, especially those with younger explorers, looking for an easy-going trip with a little spike of adventure. Covering their 840-acre private Metate Ranch, the trip includes off-roading on smoother dirt trails to a natural palm oasis and zig zagging through slot canyons. Three stops provide a chance to explore, including a pit stop to use restroom facilities and another for some mild climbing into the canyons. From the bench seats of their iconic, red, open-air Jeep Scramblers (CJ-8's), camera-ready travelers will love the almost 360 degree panoramic view they get while on the move. For prices and details, visit the Desert Adventures website.
For more from our Family Adventure Series, check out:
Part 1 – Hiking the Inne Loop at The Living Desert
Part 2 – Exploring a Cactus Jungle at Moorten Botanical Garden