BY LYNNE TUCKER
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway to Long Valley. There you will find picnic tables, the ranger station, flush toilets and several easy trails.
Buy your tickets online and reserve your spot on the Tram. It’s fast and convenient with our new print at home option.
Know before you go! Get complete, real-time weather details at the top of the Tram.
See LIVE views at Long Valley Ranger Station. A squirrels-eye view of the forest any time of year.
FREE Tram membership programs. The Tramsters Club, children (3-12) and the Alpine Club for companies with 100+ employees.
Dining at 8500 feet at Peaks Restaurant
Peaks Restaurant is a culinary experience above the clouds. Our chef has created a menu featuring a variety of fresh vegetables and greens from the Coachella Valley, dry-aged meats and poultry and fresh breads from local bakeries. Additional selections include market-fresh seafood and pastas.
Hours through May 24, 2018
Monday – Friday – First Tram up 10:00am
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays – First Tram up 8:00am
Daily – Last Tram up at 8:00pm, Last Tram down at 9:45pm
Cars depart at least every half hour.
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are only available for purchase at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upon arrival.
TRAM PRICES: Adults $25.95/Children $16.95 (ages 3-10)/Seniors $23.95 (65+)
Summer Pass: *Available May 1 – $80 Adults & Seniors (65+) $40 Children (ages 3-10)
Annual Pass: $160.00 Adults & Seniors (65+)$90.00 Children (ages 3-10)
Ride ‘n’ Dine Prices: Prices includes round trip Tram fare and dining in Pines Café. Available at 4:30PM.
Adults $36.00/Children $23.50/Seniors $36.00
Children under 3 years old are free but require a boarding pass. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult of 21 years or older.
Directions: I-10 East exit 111 onto CA-111 toward Palm Springs – Turn right onto Tramway Road – Destination on your right – Parking $5
For more information visit their website at: www.pstramway.com
Think Travel! Lynne Tucker is a Travel writer and photojournalist based in Palm Desert, CA
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