Mountain And Desert Tour From San Diego

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Houses, apartments, rentals
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Drive through the spectacular boulders as you ascend up the Poway Grade. Marvel at 40 foot high walls shoulder length apart as you squeeze through Slot Canyon. Enjoy the incredible 2400 foot descent from the historic gold mining town of Julian to the largest desert state park in the nation. Learn about the formation of the region as well as it's native plants and animals inside the visitor's center at Anza Borrego State Park. See the town of Borrego Springs before heading up the grade to start our 95 mile journey back through the mountains and onto highway 8 as we follow the setting sun back into San Diego.


  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Ramona Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Ramona, California

Drive through the Old Western Town of Ramona and past 23 vineyards.

Stop At: Santa Ysabel Mission, Santa Ysabel, California

Pass through the Santa Ysabel Valley with a stop at Dudley's famous bakery.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Julian Cider Mill, Julian, California

Store that provides provisions to the hikers of the 2200 mile Pacific Coast Trail. Also walking all of Julian and stopping at several other interesting local establishments as well as having world famous pie.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Slot Canyon, Borrego Springs, California

Walking through the narrow Canyon with high Canyon walls.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Borrego Art Institute, Borrego Springs, California

Exploring downtown Borrego Springs and stopping for lunch.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Cuyamaca Mountains, Julian, California

Driving through the Cuyamaca Mountains and Lake Cuyamaca to get back to San Diego.


Bottled water



Hotel pickup and drop-off




Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A maximum of 15 people per booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 05-Nov-2018

    The tour guide (Morty) was on time in picking us up at the hotel. Water and snack were waiting for us in the large SUV. It was a full day from mountain to the desert. Nice day away from the San Diego. There was fair bit of driving, but it was definitely worth it. Morty was helpful and knowledgeable about the area. I'd recommend this tour to anyone wanting to experience a totally different landscape than San Diego.

  • 13-Mar-2018

    This was a great tour and fulfilled all our expectations. Morty was an excellent guide and took us to so many interesting places. The badlands and the desert sculptures were particularly good.

  • 03-Jan-2017

    Desert hiking is amazing.
    The tour guide is very kind.