The month of July is typically one of the hotter months of the year for the Coachella Valley. It’s also a month when we celebrate the independence of our country. What better way to say ‘Thank you’ to our military personal then a free to the top of the Palm Springs Arial Tramway to cool off. The 10 minute ride concludes at the mountain station at an elevation of 8,516 ft., where the temperature is some 20 to 30 degrees cooler then the desert floor.

For over a decade, the Palm Springs Arial Tramway has saluted the men and women who serve our country with “Military Days.” For the entire month of July, all military personnel with valid military identification—active and retired—receive free admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway along with a special gift as part of Military Days. In addition, up to six of their guests receive 25% off of their regular Tramway fares. According to Tramway Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nancy Nichols, “Military Days has been our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to the dedicated men and women of the United States Armed Forces—along with their friends and families. We are delighted to welcome them back again this July.”

In addition to the cooler temperatures, visitors to the tram can take advantage of the picturesque hiking in the 50+ miles of pristine wilderness in the Mount San Jacinto State Park. Summer visitors can also joining guided nature walks free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend. It’s a perfect location for a picnic in the beautiful pine forest. Guests will find dining options in either Peaks Restaurant, a fine dining experience, or Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant.

Opened in 1963, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway now claims to have the world’s largest rotating tram cars. Military personnel and visitors can experience the natural history museum where you can watch a documentary film on the history of the Tramway and State Park.


In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open early on Monday, July 4. The first tram car up that day will be 8:00 a.m., the last tram car up will be 8:00 p.m. and the last tram car down will be 9:45 p.m. For more information on Military Days or other year-round Tramway activities, please call 760-325-1391, or visit

Written by: Craig Michaels Productions
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