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California Overland Desert Excursions

1233 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-3100
+1 760-767-1232
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Overpriced tour. Not attentative to our wishes or needs

Sorry to say this is a jeep tour that we regret booking. Our tourguide showed up at our hotel... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
A great experience in Anza Borrego

My wife and me made a 5 hour tour and it was georgious. Joe, our guide, showed us spectacular... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Regensburg, Germany
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Exciting Day and Overnight Excursions in the amazing Anza-Borrego Desert aboard authentic military vehicles and vintage Jeep CJ7. Also, Wine Tasting Tours featuring a gourmet barbecue in the Julian Back Country. We are a contracted concessionaire of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and a state-licensed passenger carrier.
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1233 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004-3100
+1 760-767-1232
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Sorry to say this is a jeep tour that we regret booking. Our tourguide showed up at our hotel, opened the hood of the jeep, took himself a granola bar and closed it again. Greeted us and sat in the Renegade. I mentioned that we...More

Thank Dutchkathy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and me made a 5 hour tour and it was georgious. Joe, our guide, showed us spectacular places and hidden palm oases, cared for us with plenty of cold water in the heat of the desert and found a beautiful place for lunch....More

1  Thank rz711
Reviewed 19 August 2017

We had an excellent time on this tour. The scenery was beautiful and Joe and Carey were wonderful hosts and guides. We got some excellent night sky pictures also

Thank Jculmo
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Joe is a great guide and very accommodating. We just completed the 5 hour tour today with our 5 and 10 year old boys and everybody is back with the head full of memories. There is no way we could have seen what we saw...More

Thank frarob1
Reviewed 6 August 2017

My wife and I were looking for a guided tour of the dessert while we were staying in Borrego Springs, and we are so happy we took the Three-Terrains Tour with California Overland. While we were originally worried about spending five hours in the desert...More

Thank MikeBGONY
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Joe Raffetto the very cheerful and delightful owner of California Overland gave us a wonderful extended 5 hour tour which took us through a dried up lake, a canyon , a ride along an old trading road in the hills and amazing views after lunch...More

1  Thank Barrybazza
Reviewed 9 July 2017

First rate professional tour. Visited dry lake, badlands, slot canyon and had lunch at palm oasis. Joe was very passionate and knowledgeable. Wealth of knowledge on geography, flora, fauna and local history. I never could have imagined the desert would have been so interesting. Highly...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I recommend this to anyone that is in the area. Joe was great with all the kids, he told us a lot of the history of the area, stopped so we could get good pictures of wildlife and scenery, and was overall a wonderful guide....More

Thank WGR221
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I wanted to plan an activity for the last weekend of our 9 yr old's spring break. We wanted to go someplace and feel like vacation without leaving the state or getting on a plane. A little research and we found Anza-Borrego State Park. A...More

1  Thank Shereen B
Reviewed 7 April 2017

My daughter and I wanted an "up close and Personal" view of the superbloom. Although we were a bit late for it, thanks to Mike, our guide, we learned that the desert, rather than being dead and dreary as I had thought, is filled with...More

Thank Joyce S
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11 August 2015|
Response from deserttourguy | Property representative |
Hi, If you're camping in the warmer weather, snakes are a possibility, but I come across 1 to 3 rattlesnakes a year. Scorpions come out at night if the temps are above 68º or so, and there is not too much moonlight. You... More
29 May 2015|
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Response from deserttourguy | Property representative |
Hi Jen, Thank you for your interest in our adventures. Yes, we are indeed open year round. In June the high temps can range from the low 90s in the early part of the month to close to 110 towards July. The evenings are... More