Catalina Jeep Eco Tour

Duration: 2 - 3 hours

Location: Catalina Island Conservancy House

Two Hour Tour


Three Hour Tour


Explore the outback of the Island with a two or three hour Catalina Eco Excursion!

  • This is the ultimate Catalina Island interior experience!
  • Your naturalist guide will drive you into the remote places of Catalina that many visitors never get to see.
  • Cruise along scenic dirt roads & keep a sharp eye out for some of the area’s beloved wildlife, including the National Mammal, the Bison.
  • Learn fascinating history from your trained guide as you travel through some of the most scenic areas of Catalina Island.

A minimum of 2 guests are required to operate the tour.  No Animals allowed.

Children under 6 years of age and or under 60 pounds are not permitted due to state DMV laws.

Due to the intense nature of this experience, all participants must be ambulatory.

This tour is available for most guests. Please see restrictions below.

What to Expect

Whether you are seeking a unique educational experience in the great outdoors or simply a relaxing eco-tour, we are certain you’ll enjoy an unforgettable experience and gain new appreciation of Catalina Island.

What’s included in the three-hour tour?  Join us for a three-hour open air four-wheel tour of Catalina Island’s rugged interior. Your guide is a Catalina Island Conservancy naturalist, so you have the best person at your fingertips! You may expect to encounter bald eagles, Santa Catalina Island fox, Catalina California ground squirrel and our newly named US landmark mammal, the American bison, along with rare plants and historical sites. You will venture further into the interior since you have a bit more time on this tour.

What’s included in the two-hour tour?  If you want a shorter tour, we also offer a two-hour Eco Tour. This tour essentially goes to the airport and back. If time permits it may venture down to the Little Harbor Overlook. This tour also is guided by a Catalina Conservancy naturalist. You may expect to encounter Santa Catalina Island fox, Catalina California ground squirrel, bald eagles and possibly our American bison!

Good to know:  You may want to bring spending money in the event that you stop at the Airport in the Sky (great gift shop & snack bar) or wish to tip your naturalist guide.  Gratuity for your guide is not included but is accepted and greatly appreciated! Weather on Catalina Island may impact this excursion. Please contact us in the event of inclement weather.

What to bring and wear:  Wear comfortable clothes.  Closed-toe shoes with low heels are recommended, but not required.  The Catalina Eco Tour is an open-aired vehicle.  Hat, sunglasses & sunscreen are recommended throughout the year.  A light sweater or jacket may be necessary on cooler days.

Restrictions:  For your safety, you should be in good health & free from high blood pressure, heart, neck or back problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this tour. Those with neck or back concerns/injuries are discouraged from taking this tour.  The Jeep Eco Tour travels on steep, narrow, winding, bumpy, dusty, scenic mountain roads.  These roads may be paved or dirt – please plan accordingly.


Where to Meet

Catalina Eco Tour
The Trailhead
708 Cresent Avenue, Avalon, Calif. 90704

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Yes.  Because of the intimate nature of the Eco Tour (5-6 guests per vehicle; 1-3 jeeps per departure time), reservations are highly recommended.

There are restrooms located at the Green Pleasure Pier and the boat landing – both are just a short walk from the Catalina Island Conservancy House.  There are a couple areas on tour where we may stop for restrooms.   The main location is the Airport in the Sky – they have full restrooms plus a gift shop & snack bar.

Private tours are available upon request (up to 6 passengers per Jeep).  Half Day (4-hour) and Full Day charters are also available and may offer a discount for groups of 5 or more per vehicle.  Please inquire by calling us at (310) 469-9079.  Rates may vary.  Subject to availability and final count of guests per vehicle.

Walking time to common locations:

  • Cabrillo Mole Area: 5 minutes
  • Basketball/Volleyball/Old Ben Park Area: 1-2 minutes
  • Green Pleasure Pier/Island Tour Plaza: 3-4 minutes
  • Casino Building: 10-15 minutes
  • Descanso Beach: 15-20 minutes

Food is not provided for the public tours (2- and 3-hour tours).  While food is prohibited on the vehicles, bottled water is welcomed. You will stop at the Airport in the Sky, which has a gift shop and snack bar. There are some quick grab items to purchase, including their world famous killer cookies.

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"Ron was an excellent guide, driving thru parts of the island not usually seen - if you only stay in Avalon. Lots of history, back stories of people on the island as well as interesting nature topics. The jeep was comfortable with stops along the way for photo ops and bio breaks."

- Debbie L. from Moorpark, CA - TripAdvisor
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