San Andreas Fault
San Andreas Fault
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Gerhard
Meersburg (Bodensee), Germany6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
The fault is cutting through the dessert. As usually water syphers up through the crack, palm trees mark it.
Many different hikes available. Plenty parking spots at the trailheads.
It's something different, not to be seen everywhere.
Most dirt-roads can be handled with normal cars.
Of course bring your food, water, sunscreen and camera with you.

When you are in the area, you also might go to the Salton sea, Ansa Borrego and enjoy the many hikes there. Nice in winter and you might see flowers blooming in the dessert, if it rains. Also many off-road potentials, especially the nearby Imperial Sand Dunes.
Written 28 March 2024
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johnstoneh
North Vancouver, Canada23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
Closer than you'd think to Palm Desert - and I do mean close! Just over the I-10 on Washington, and another 2 miles and you are there! sometimes overlooked by other more major attractions, but this is a very interesting tour of the area on constructed boardwalks (some steps involved, but not excessive) and can be cool among the palms and a close up of a portion of the San Adreas Fault - a great way to spend an easy hour or so, and conveniently close to Palm Desert and La Quinta - and its free.
Written 29 March 2019
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ADolores
Lafayette, IN1,379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We decided that since were in the area we needed to go view the San Andreas Fault. The fault runs for many miles but there is a viewing spot near Palm Springs. It was awesome to look at the fault which is responsible for so many tremors.
Written 29 October 2018
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kathywE3521OR
Oklahoma City, OK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
I looked at this from top of the overlook in Joshua Tree then drove down to Palm Desert and walked to the fault. Amazing to think that one day everything west of that point may be gone. very quiet area felt like you were on the edge.
Written 9 April 2018
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Juliadrusilla
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
The Coachella Valley Preserve is a beautiful spot near Palm Desert on the other side of the "10".
There are native palm trees here (the ones with the skirts) and an oasis and small wetland area. There is a small ranger station where people explain the significance of the area to you, help you plan your hike and where guided tours start (check in advance!).
It is a strange idea to be right on top of the San Andreas fault line!
The hiking here is not to strenuous and there is a boardwalk which would also be OK for people who are not accustomed to hiking.
We loved this experience. Do take water and a sunhat because when you get out of the palmy areas the rest of the hike is pretty exposed.
Written 6 February 2017
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Tek
Palm Desert, CA136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
No, you cannot really touch it. It's not like the zipper in the intro to Superman 1. There are places where you can see evidence of the fault--palm oasis is one example. Good places for "seeing" the fault are Coachella Valley Preserve, the road back to Whitewater Preserve, and the Living Desert.
Written 5 December 2014
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Shadelly
San Francisco, CA42 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
These photos are actually not from this location . If you want to do the San Andreas fault . If you want to go to this location put Coachella valley preserve in your GPS .
Written 28 March 2018
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lb33wonka
Redondo Beach, CA2,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
You do not need to book a tour . Goto visitor center and get a map . They will tell you best way to see it all . You don’t need that much time . Make sure you make it out to the pond and get a picture of the palm trees reflecting on the water
Written 20 March 2018
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Bob M
Minneapolis, MN212 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
I've been to where the Mississippi River starts north of Bemiji, Mn and it's small so the begining of the San Andreas starts small.

But to charge $145.00 each total waste of money. Total waste. First, took us to a Oasis that was free to the public. A few people who didn't pay tagged along and the tour operator said nothing. Second we were told that we would go to the Joshua National Forest. If you thought you were going to the Joshua National Forest wouldn't you expect to see a Joshua tree, no Joshua tree. In fact the tour operator said we were in the Joshua tree didn't exist in the southern part of the forest.

If you want to pay $145 each to see the capability of a Hummer this is the tour for you. If you want to see spent ammunition from gun shooters is your tour as apparently in California anyone can shoot guns. I'm all in favor of guns but please clean up your MESS!
Written 18 February 2016
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MonkeyOnTheWing
Moreno Valley, CA344 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
Evidence of one of the world's most famous continental and tectonic boundaries is viewable at many locations in California. It extends much, much further than Palm Desert, where TripAdvisor has erroneously catalogued it. Its northern end is near Ferndale, Calif and it nearly touches San Francisco, San Jose, San Bernardino and, yes, Palm Desert before it merges into the Gulf of California rift zone in Mexico.

I recommend the Carrizo Plain (see TripAdvisor reviews) as the best place to see, study and interpret the actual fault on the ground if you know where to look. Another good place is the wine country south of Hollister, Calif, along Cienega Rd where rows of grapes have been slowly offset a foot or so by fault movement over the last century. Winery walls are cracked by fault movement and scientific instruments have been set up to monitor activity. Best of all is remote Parkfield, Calif., the "Earthquake Capital" of the Golden State and the mecca of geologic investigations. Parkfield experiences nearly weekly tremblors, albeit moderate 4.0 ones. I would rather be in Parkfield than L.A. when The Big One hits, and it will, someday. See TripAdvisor's reviews of Parkfield to learn more.

Sure, Palm Desert, Indio and surrounding areas have some good fault evidence too such as the line of palm oases along the eastern mountains. Bottom line: Keep the fault in mind when you travel, where you settle and where you school your kids.
Written 8 July 2015
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