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2018 NORA Conference San Andreas Fault Red Jeep Tours


In lieu of the annual fishing outing sponsored by Vertex, since we are in the desert...Join your NORA colleagues on Friday, November 9th for a San Andreas Fault Red Jeep Tour.

The San Andreas Fault Jeep Tour explores the private and exclusive 800-acre Metate Ranch located at the eastern end of the Coachella Valley. The tour offers absolutely incredible scenery and is an experience you can only get with these guides as the ranch is a privately owned reserve only accessible to these guides.  

Extraordinary scenery abounds as your Big Red Jeep winds its way through the labyrinth of geological cuts and canyons of the San Andreas Fault Zone as your naturalist guide entertains you with stories about the plants, animals, geology, and history of the California desert.


  • Experience the twisted and tortured landscape of an active earthquake fault system as your guide describes the geology of the area and you explore the skeleton of the earth.
  • Walk between the steep walls of deep canyons created by the powerful forces of plate tectonics, water, wind, and time.
  • Explore a natural palm oasis where crystal clear water bubbles up from the underground aquifer.
  • Learn about the culture and lifestyle of the Cahuilla Indians and how they used the desert’s plants for food, medicine, tools, weapons, shelter, and more.
  • Learn about the plants and animals of the California desert.
  • Discover the fascinating history of the Coachella Valley.
  • Enjoy spectacular views as your guide describes the geologic forces and local history that shaped the Coachella Valley.
  • This tour offers a true off-road/4WD experience.


The Jeeps will pick up guests at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel on Friday, November 9 at approximately 1:15pm. The tour is approximately 3.5 hours. Lunch will be provided.


10/31 update: A limited number of spots are still available on the Red Jeep Tour. To register, please call the NORA office at 703-753-4277 or email Brittanne at

Each Jeep holds 7 passengers; availability is limited.



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