Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
4.5
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
World's largest rotating Tram car. Opened in 1963, the Tram's 80-passenger cars travel along the beautiful cliffs of Chino Canyon from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft.) in approximately 10 minutes. At the top enjoy breathtaking views, Peaks Restaurant, Pines Cafe, a gift shop, nature exhibits, educational documentary theaters, and over 50 miles of hiking trails in the Mt. San Jacinto State Park Wilderness.
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Ravi H
Irvine, CA11 contributions
Apr 2022
Had planned to go up for our first time, but we weren't quite ready as we didn't realize how far up it actually went.

From Palm Desert - a solid 30-35 minute drive. They have several parking lots (for a fee), and there's a free tram that takes you from each parking lot to the base center about every 10 minutes or so. You can park, leave, and return, if your wait times are very long.

At the base, there is a small snack/lunch bar and several places to sit and eat while you wait. There is a very small museum/historical display about the creation of the site. There is also a gift shop with a myriad of items.

The tram will take you up pretty high, so some people with altitude sickness or are susceptible to it may need to check if this will be ok. At the top, there is a restaurant and several hiking trails, so you could conceivably spend several hours up there, or shorter if you want.

We can't wait until we're ready the next time we're in the area. This seems to be a definite "thing to do" in the Palm Springs area.

Tip: Recommend purchasing tickets in advance. BUT, don't get discouraged if the site shows they are sold out: they never turn people away. We didn't get our tickets in advance and if we purchased on-site, the average wait time was about 2 hours.
Written April 6, 2022
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Amber L
Minneapolis, MN189 contributions
Mar 2022
Rise up was nice, we don't like heights but it wasn't as bad as we thought. Ride down was way too fast and far too many people inside, they need to limit the number of people inside at a time. Elevators had sings that they were out of service, this is completely unacceptable. We had someone in the group that couldn't do stairs and to have these out of service is absurd. It doesn't take long to service an elevator !
Parking at $10 is also completely unnecessary when your already buying tickets.
Overall something nice to do in Palm Springs at an average cost.
Written March 15, 2022
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Jen H
Kissimmee, FL8 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
It was worth the trip. Steep walk up from middle of parking lot A but my 81 year old mom was able to do it and there are plenty of places to sit and rest for those who need it. Worth the views. Anyone with fear of heights may not want to do it but consider it’s a very sturdy car ride and you can stand in the middle of the tram car and just look straight out. Rotating car and you see all views on the way up and down. Top of the park is a bar, a sit down restaurant which may not be open during Covid and little walk up cafe you can get soup, chile, nachos, fries and coffee and bottled beverages. Nice bathrooms on the upper level. Lockers to store items if you plan to spend several hours. At top of tram station mountain walkway is concrete with railings. It’s a steep and winding path but benches along the way make it doable. Very scenic. Worth it in my opinion. We went early like 9 am. When we were leaving the station about 11:30/12 noon there was a huge line out the door so even though it was MLK holiday On a Monday I’d recommend get up early to go to beat the long wait in line. Go on a clear day
Written January 22, 2022
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cborgst
Fayetteville, AR3 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
The Ariel tramway is a well run machine (no pun intended). From the parking lot shuttle to the frequency of gondola rides, to the information about what is seen and experienced, they have figured out how to make this an enjoyable and seamless PS experience. Not only the ride on the tramway but the hiking and scenery were worth the money and you can spend all day if you want on the mountain. Take note that the temperature is 40 degrees lower at the top while hiking than in the valley. You can pre-book a ticket on the hour but there are tickets available at the station as the tram was running every 12 minutes. We had no trouble buying a ticket upon arrival.
Written November 13, 2021
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Balboagal
Los Angeles, CA36 contributions
Jan 2022
My husband had never been on the tram even though he's a native So Cal guy. He loved it! Parking is $10 and the tram was $28 round trip. We didn't purchase tickets in advance but had no trouble getting tickets-you might have a 15-20 minute wait for the next tram but we got right on. Plan to arrive a few minutes before the hour as they run every 20 minutes. The trip up 10 minutes long. Lovely vista of the valley and the canyon. The only down side is you must make a reservation for the restaurant if you want real food (We didn't know). The cafe only has pre-made pizza (not great) , chili, and nachos. They sell sodas, water chips and candy. They have a small bar as well. Bring warm clothing if going in the winter. It was 70 degrees below and 38 degrees above. The views and the tram trip are worth it and a good family outing. They sell commemorative photos but you don't have to buy them.
Written January 30, 2022
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KARIN D
153 contributions
Apr 2022
Took all of ten minutes to get to the top. Great views while moving as the cart rotates. Book online for a timed entry & I would suggest you book parking as well. They told us it could be colder at the top, so bring a jacket. I didn't need mine, but its a good idea.

There are many hiking trails, come prepared, but we did not hike. I booked the first trip up at 10:00 am, which I would highly recommend because parking is a premium up there. Sit through a 19 minute video to inform you of things to do.

Had fun, but it does get very crowded.
Written May 2, 2022
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Zoom_Gotti
Henderson, NV1,343 contributions
Mar 2022
Takes you to the crease of Mt San Jacinto at just over 8000 feet. Be aware of the elevation if you go in winter or spring. There will be massive piles of snow, which, if you're not prepared, can make your excursion uneasy. In summer, this ride gets you great relief from the triple digit desert heat. Plenty of parking at the base of the tramway. You'll get directions at the entry gate. Outlying lots have shuttle service. Tickets generally available at the site but you might have to wait a while for an available tram. I suggest arriving prior to 9AM if you are without reservations. And if you do reserve and miss your slotted time, you'll have to wait until they can fit you in. On top you can just photo op, stroll, munch, or if energetic, hike a bit. Best winter hikes are to follow the footprints to the 5 notches for amazing valley/mountain views. Best winter/spring access is to follow the trail to the Ranger Station, cross the bridge and follow the snow paths to notch 5. Then work backward to notch 1 always looking for footpaths to the next notch. Hint - notches 2 and 3 are together (different views). This is called the Desert Ridge route. A good short day hike option (even in snow) is the Round Valley loop. Start at the ranger station. There is a posted map. Take a photo. Remember, if you do snow hike, wear waterproof hikers and maybe even traction devices. After most of the snow melts, there is a campground at Round Valley. You can also try to climb to the top of the mount. You can actually hike down to behind the art museum (or up to avoid the tram), but you should use a map because you'll need to find interconnecting trails to the Skyline Trail - Cactus to Clouds route. Probably 10 miles. Extraordinarily tiring. Or maybe try for Idylwild (another 10 or 11 mile trek) if you can get a ride back. But don't do this in the snow. Wait for late May or October. Summer is OK for high elevation hikes. But anything that includes the lower desert will be way too hot.
Written March 11, 2022
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fm0072018
Canterbury, UK133 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
This is a great experience for all ages groups and well worth the entrance fee. It looked like all the tickets were sold out online but there was plenty of availability when we arrived at 11 am. The views from the cable car are amazing - especially as it rotates as it is ascending the mountain. This means you get a great view regardless of where you stand in the car. It is much cooler at the summit so be sure to bring a jacket if you feel the cold. There is a cafe, a restaurant and toilets. The cafe is very expensive so bring your own snacks/drinks. There are several trails from the summit to suit all abilities including families with small kids or disabled members. We spent four hours up there and throughly enjoyed it. Lots of parking but they charge $12 for this on top of the entrance fee which is a bit cheeky! Would have got 5 stars if parking had been included in the entrance fee.
Written May 12, 2022
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cqfp123
Los Angeles, CA754 contributions
Dec 2021
$28.95 per person plus $10 parking plus $2 "service fee" for a 10-min tram ride in a crowded cable car.
Masks ostensibly required but not enforced - there were several people on the car wearing masks under the nose. The worst is right before boarding the cable car on the way up: a photographer takes pictures of the passengers in a corner, one group at a time, after inviting them to take their masks off; after one group moves one, another group stops in exactly the same spot and does the same; some groups sing or shout. Yuck!
There is a decent view from the mountain station, but the trails nearby are boring and don't offer any views.
Written December 5, 2021
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Jennifer J
25 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
There was a 3 hr wait even w getting there at 9 am the week between Christmas and New Years. So we got tix for 4pm came down off mountain and spent the day in Palm Springs. It was free to re-enter parking and we got best of both worlds ride up and hike on state park trails at sunset, dinner at Peaks Restaurant then back down at night w view of Palm Springs all lit up. Our tram conductor exceeded expectations as DJing sing along and calling out the tram swing at each tower. So much fun all rolled into one!!
Written January 3, 2020
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