If you’re looking for fun things to do in Southern California this Holiday, I would suggest visiting the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. The Palm Springs Tram travels over two-and-one-half miles along cliffs of the Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During the approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering spectacular vistas of the valley floor below and cliffs up above. Once you reach the Mountain Station, you can enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails.
Palm Springs Tramway opened in 1963 but the rotating tramcars only began in September 2000 after going through modernization programs. The original tram cars are now on static display at the grounds of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
TIP #1: PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE
TIP #2: BUNDLE UP AND BRING A SNOW SLED DURING WINTER
Winter for me is the best time to go because the snow is just beautiful against the rocky cliffs and the pine trees and the kids can play in the snow. Biggest Tip when going to Palm Springs Tram is to bundle up. We didn’t prepare during our 1st visit and got really cold. It’s already cold at the Valley Station (parking area, ticketing, riding the tram area) below and all the more at the snowy Mountain Station above. Also be careful when walking at the terrace just outside the cafeteria, it’s icy and slippery.
The weather at the Mountain Station is typically 30-40 degrees cooler than on the desert floor. To make sure you get to enjoy snow when visiting the Palm Springs Tram, be sure to check the weather beforehand.
Palm Springs Tram Must-Bring during the winter:
TIP #3: BRING A GUM
Ascending to 8516 feet can really put pressure in your ear. It’s especially uncomfortable for kids. The trick is to bring a gum and chew it as the tram climbs to the Mountain Station. Get this non-mint gum for them.
TIP #4: ARRIVE EARLY FOR BETTER PARKING
There are tons of parking at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway but the closest parking lot to the Valley Station where you will be riding the tram is parking “A”. If you wish to avoid walking the steep path or waiting for a shuttle to bring you to the Valley Station, park at parking lot A. But just in case it’s really packed and you were instructed to park elsewhere, don’t worry as you will be shuttled in.
TIP #5: FREE PARKING FOR COACHELLA VALLEY RESIDENTS: BRING I.D.
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Parking is $8 per car. Free parking is offered for residents of the Coachella Valley from the following cities: Mecca, Thermal, Coachella, Indio, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, Palm Springs, Thousand Palms and Desert Hot Springs. If you’re a Coachella Valley resident, make sure to bring an ID indicating so.
OTHER PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY INFO:
The Valley Station, the tramcar and the Mountain Station are all fully wheelchair accessible and A.D.A. compliant.
- 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
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway address: 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262.
PURCHASE YOUR PALM SPRINGS TRAM TICKETS $25.95
SAVE ON TICKETS TO OTHER PALM SPRINGS ATTRACTIONS:
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- Windmill Tours Discount Tickets
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- Cabot’s Pueblo Museum Discount Tickets
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