Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Tours
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Covering more than 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) on a 10-minute journey, the popular Palm Springs Aerial Tramway provides spectacular views of Chino Canyon and Mount San Jacinto State Park. Activities at the top—accessed by one of the largest rotating aerial tramcars in the world—are offered year-round.
The Palm Springs tramway takes you from the Valley Station (where you can purchase tickets if you didn’t buy in advance) up to the Mountain Station, which sits at an elevation of 8,516 feet (2,595 meters). At the top you can visit the observation deck, two restaurants (sit-down Peaks Restaurant and cafeteria-style Pine Café), the Lookout Lounge, theaters, a gift shop, and the small natural history museum. Or enjoy outdoor pursuits such as hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, depending on the season.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is great for hikers and cross-country skiers, and first-time visitors to the area.
- Dress in layers—the temperatures at the Mountain Station are usually 30 to 40 degrees cooler than on the valley floor. Tramcars are not air-conditioned but the windows open for air flow.
- The tramcars run at least every half hour, on the hour; more cars may operate when demand is high.
- Both tramway stations and the tramcars are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
If you’re staying in Palm Springs, head west a few miles off of North Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111) to reach the tramway’s Valley Station; paid parking is available (parking is free for area residents and for those with tramway summer or annual passes). There is no public transportation but cabs are available from Palm Springs.
When to Get There
The tramway is open daily from morning to night, but hours vary by season and day of the week, so check the website for times. It also closes for annual maintenance each September.
Hiking from the Top of the Tramway
More than 50 miles (80 kilometers) of hiking trails within Mt. San Jacinto State Park’s 14,000 acres (5,665 hectares) can be accessed from the tramway’s Mountain Station. When you get off the tram, walk down a paved path to the Long Valley Ranger Station, where the trails start.
Address: 1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs CA 92262, USA
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Palm Springs
Excellent experience purchasing tickets
, Apr 2020
Viator was great to deal with. Interestingly, I went to Palm Springs Tramway official site and they did not offer tickets for the day I wanted (which was the next day). Viator did and at a similar cost. I wasn't sure how my purchase would be met when I got to the Tramway, but it was 100% seamless. Great experience!
First time in Palm spring
, Mar 2020
Love it! It was so easy and smooth the ticketing process, plus you have a cheaper fee than at the counter. The day I went was perfect as it was early February. We were able to see some snow!!!
Had car trouble and didn’t make it
, Mar 2020
Our car broke down and we didn’t make it. Is there anyway we could get another date scheduled? We would like to make it up. Hope there is something you can do for us.
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Soar over Palm Springs on the Aerial Tramway for spectacular views of the desert. Ascending to 5,783 feet (1,790 meters), the tram transports you to the cool air in the San Jacinto Mountains. View unspoiled wilderness, including mountain spires and Ponderosa pine trees, during your ascent. Disembark and explore the area around Mountain Station, which includes a cocktail lounge, restaurant and observation deck. Hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski on the trails in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area around Mountain Station.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palm Springs Aerial Tramway can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 0 Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 2020?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway costs USD 26.95. Guided Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tours start around USD 26.95 per person. See all 0 Palm Springs Aerial Tramway tickets and tours on Viator.
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