Take a ride from the desert floor to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Enjoy views on your way up to restaurants, gift shops, a natural exhibit area, and 2 movies about the tram and the park.
What to Expect
From top to bottom, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway delivers a scenic and educational journey as you travel through 5 transitional zones. Some have compared it to taking a ride from Mexico to Alaska in just 10 minutes. See for yourself as you ride up to the top, where spectacular views await!
The 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) ride from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet, or 805 meters) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet, or 2,596 meters) transports you from the warm desert sands to cool mountain air, with temperatures that are generally 30-degrees cooler than on the ground.
The tramway is the threshold of the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park, a natural place with some of the last pristine wilderness in Southern California. In the winter, try cross-county skiing or snowshoeing. Rental equipment is available at the Adventure Cether, snow conditions permitting. During the summer months, camping, guided nature walks, and 54 miles (87 kilometers) of hiking are available.
There are 2 dining options at the Mountain Station: Peaks Restaurant offers upscale contemporary cuisine with a spectacular view of the desert floor, and Pines Cafe is a cafeteria-style restaurant that offers a casual dining experience.
Also at the top are gift shops, a Natural History Museum, and 2 documentary-style movies on the history of the tramway and the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is located at 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 (3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers off of Highway 111 at the end of Tram Way).
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Know Before You Go
Temperatures at the Mountain Station are generally 30 degrees F cooler than the desert floor. It is a good idea to bring along a sweater in the summer and jacket in the winter.
The Valley Station, Mountain Station, and tram cars are handicap accessible.
Sorry, pets are not allowed.