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With California Overland, you’ll discover a world of pristine wilderness — a world of cacti and canyons, badlands and oases — just a 90-mile scenic drive from San Diego. We provide many ways to explore the incredible Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on public or private excursions:
  • Off-road desert adventures of various places and lengths
  • Astronomy camping trips with gear and delicious meals provided
  • Group adventures (bachelorette, wedding, university, corporate outings ...)

And in Julian, we also offer seasonal wine-tasting tours!

Come roam with us, and you’ll discover why Trip Advisor has entered California Overland Desert Excursions into its 2015 Hall of Fame and named us the #1 Tour or Activity in Borrego Springs. As we like to say, it's roughing at its finest! Go to our online booking page to see what’s available, and sign up for an unforgettable adventure!
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  • new-jeep-renegade-trailhawk-toursIntroducing the newest member of our fleet: a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk. Gnarly enough to go anywhere, yet comfortable and air conditioned ... Available for private tours now!

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What Others Are Saying

What a fantastic day! Absolutely worth flying nearly halfway around the world for!!!
The Kinley Family (Dunedin, New Zealand)
An overnight experience we will never forget! Went for the Perseids Meteor Shower that we enjoyed along with so many other things on this overnight. Had a great tour to Font's Point (what a view) on the way to our campsite. Joe and his staff were wonderful and very informative on Anza-Borrego. Food and wine were delicious, but the ice cold lemon water hit the spot ...
Trip Advisor, dobieowner (Raleigh, NC)
I can't say enough wonderful things about Joe and California Overland. Joe is an absolute professional with a vast knowledge of the Anza Borego Desert and Anza Borego State Park. He worked with our production company and director to explore the desert area and scout potential film shoot locations over several months. Joe was thorough, patient, organized and fun to be with. His services are well priced and well worth the cost. Joe was often available at the last minute and catered to what we were interested in and looking for through the whole process. Whether you're looking for a one day excursion or more extensive exploration, you can't go wrong with California Overland.
Yelp, Karen G., 6/5/2014
You may notice that after 20+ reviews, these guys are still 5-star, for a reason. We did the Julian, CA wine tour … Joe made sure we were enjoying ourselves the entire time...never did we feel rushed, and isn't that what you're really looking for when you're trying to escape the city life? ... Try it, you'll love it!
Yelp, Daniel R. (Torrance, CA)
...We give California Overland our highest recommendation, and can hardly wait to return next year to go out with them again.
Yelp, Jenn P. (Somerville, MA)
Better than Disneyland. Can we do it again tomorrow? Seriously.
Erin, 10 years old (Deerfield, Illinois)
As ‘Desert Awakening’ came to life in the wilderness of Borrego Springs, California, we were swept away by the surreal landscape, transported to an otherworldly realm, in the seemingly infinite expanse of desert and sky.  The tones were ever so subtle, faded by the relentless desert sun, creating a clean neutral palette from which our vision sprung forth.
Børn Shoes blog entry January 20, 2015
This really is California’s hidden gem. We loved having lunch in a secret canyon, but the highlight was the sunset at Font’s Point.
Sassia & William (London, UK)
Awesome adventure! We chose the 2.5-hour tour to badlands. Awesome time and beautiful scenery. Our 4- and 8-year-old boys LOVED the truck ride and exploring caves. Our leader was very informative and made some great scenic stops along the way. Highly recommend!
Trip Advisor, Lisa S. (Irvine, CA)
Glamping in the Desert. For those of you who love to have tents set up for them, a fabulous dinner cooked, and a view of the stars with a knowledgeable astronomer and first-class telescope, then this is for you.
Trip Advisor, Barbara W. (Carlsbad, CA)
Loved it! Wish we stayed overnight! Our family of 5 took the 5-hour Font’s Point North tour and it was a blast! Joe couldn't have been nicer and more knowledgeable about every aspect of the desert. The picnic lunch was delicious and the location was perfect. It took us 2 hours to drive from SD, but it was so worth it. I just wish we camped out overnight to see this beautiful part of our country under the stars. I can't recommend California Overland enough — it should be part of every trip to San Diego.
Trip Advisor, mkreisberg (Roslyn, NY)
California Overland Desert Excursions rock! We had a great five-hour tour of Anza Borrego including the dried lake bed, slot canyon and Font's Point this past weekend with California Overland Desert Excursions while we were visiting in Borrego Springs. Riding in the back of the truck was bumpy but fun, and the hike in the canyon was easy and very enjoyable. Lunch was surprisingly good ...
Trip Advisor, llsbsk
Fun and Educational. We spent a great afternoon with Joe touring the desert. He is very knowledgeable regarding the area, history, plant vegetation, etc. Not being familiar ourselves with desert life, it was a real eye-opener. We feel we have a whole new appreciation for the desert after our tour with Joe. We made plenty of stops, enjoying lemon water, fresh grapefruit and ...
Trip Advisor, WilloughbyF (Columbia, Canada)
We recently worked with California Overland for a few days on a independent film shoot in Anza-Borrego, and we can't recommend Joe and his drivers more highly.  
The 10-Wheeler, along with their expert knowledge of the area, really made the landscape more navigable and the overall experience considerably easier. When you're shooting long days in the summer heat, you want to leave as few things as possible to chance. They helped us find interesting pockets of the state park, and their level of professionalism was always top-notch. Also, it's pretty awesome to ride through the desert on one of these trucks. Whether you're a filmmaker or a tourist, we highly recommend working with California Overland to make the most out of your time in Borrego Springs. Happy trails!
Yelp, Aang A., 7-31-2011
File them under off the beaten path, which is just what we were looking for. It's a great way to spend a day, exploring a little-known gem of a state park...
Yelp, Nathan J. (Rancho Mirage, CA)
Spectacular overnight camping trip- wow, wow, and more wow!!! My family and I recently came back from a Celestial overnight camping trip on January 4th. I stumbled upon California Overland Jeep Tours and decided this would be the perfect getaway for my family, which includes my husband and 9-year-old son. We loaded a 1969 Jeep military vehicle and our adventure began! We saw beautiful sites along the way …
Trip Advisor, anna_sandiego1 (San Diego, CA)
I bought my son a celestial overnight trip with this amazing company for his birthday... He came back from there and told me it was the best birthday present he has ever received...
Yelp, Anne B. (Portland, OR)
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California Overland Desert Excursions
1233 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Phone:760-767-1232
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