The Palm Springs Tramway takes visitors from the hot desert floor to the cool San Jacinto mountains. Take an exciting trip on the world’s largest rotating tram cars that hold up to eighty passengers.
The adventure starts as you drive up the steep road to the Palm Springs Tram base Station. At the base station, you can grab a snack or browse through the gift shop while waiting for your tram car to depart.
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Once on board the tram, the fun begins. The tram climbs 8,563 feet in about 15 minutes rotating 360 degrees several times during the accent. Each time the tram passes over one of the towers there is a slight drop which usually gets a few screams from fellow riders.
At mountain station, you will find the Top of the Tram Restaurant and a fantastic view of Palm Springs in the valley below. After taking in the view, there are miles of trails to explore in Long Valley. Some folks just like to relax and enjoy the cool mountain air.
Summer time the mountain top is the perfect place to escape the desert heat. Tramcars depart about every thirty minutes. The ride to the top takes about 12 minutes. At the halfway point, you will pass by the descending gondola.
If you’re afraid of heights you can sit in the center of the gondola and before you know it your at the top of the mountain. Be sure to bring along several layers of clothing especially in the winter. It can be 90 degrees at valley station and quite cool when you arrive at the mountain station.
Plan on spending a half day on this adventure, more if you are doing any hiking. There are numerous things to do in Palm Springs so consider spending at least one night, however, this is an easy day trip from both the Los Angeles area and San Diego
The Palm Springs Tram is a fun adventure for families, school outings or couples looking for a romantic getaway. While visiting Palm Springs, there are plenty of other things to do and places to see so you might want to consider spending at least one night.
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During the winter cross-country, ski and snowshoeing rental equipment are available at the winter adventure center. Bring along warm clothing for your trip up the mountain, winters are very cold and even in the summer, it can be quite cool.
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult of 21 years or older and you will have to leave your four-legged friend at home, no pets are allowed on the tram.
Tram cars depart about every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. The last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m.
Getting to the Palm Springs Tramway
The Palm Springs Tramway is located minutes from downtown Palm Springs and about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles or San Diego.
We recommend the Palm Springs Tram hotel packages they include your choice of hotel and tickets for the Aerial Tram.
Directions Palm Springs tram. Turn off Highway 111 onto Tramway Road. (look for the Palm Springs Visitor Center) From there it’s a steep 4-mile drive up Tramway Road to Valley Station where you board the tram. Address: 1 Tramway Rd, Palm Springs, CA