Palm Springs Tramway is considered the world’s largest rotating Tram car, a one-of-a-kind experience that offers a 10 minute ride starting with an elevation of 2,643 ft. and ends at the Mountain Station: elevation 8,516 ft. No matter what the season, this is a perfect gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument traversing the southerly side of the Coachella Valley. Many call it an “Aerial Experience” the tram car has a rotating floor that makes two complete revolutions during each trip, allowing passengers to soak up the views from every direction.
The temperature differential between the valley floor and the top of the Tram is usually about 30 degrees. With more than 50 miles of walking trails are available; whether you are hiking or enjoying the spectacular views from the Lookout Lounge combined with delicious food provide the perfect dining experience. There are two dining options at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway: Peaks, a fine dining experience with a breathtaking view of the Coachella Valley and Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant. Both restaurants are open for lunch and dinner.
Hiking:The San Jacinto State Park offers 54 miles of hiking trails located within a 14,000 acre pristine wilderness, one of the last in California. All trails are accessed by exiting the Mountain Station and descending a concrete pathway less than a mile to Long Valley. In Long Valley there are picnic tables, water, Ranger Station, flush toilets and some easy trails.
Long Valley Discovery Trail: Follow the nature trail posts around a ¾ mile (1.2 km) loop. This easy level trail provides an excellent introduction to the Park’s plants and animals.
Desert View Trail: A 1.5 mile (2 km) loop trail leads to a number of scenic overlooks and forest views.
Round Valley: A 2.5 miles of trail leads to picturesque Round Valley. Fairly level trails, short climbs, moderately strenuous.
Wellmans Divide: From Round Valley to Wellmans Divide is a 1-mile hike with a 600 feet elevation gain. The view from here is truly spectacular. Looking west you can see the dome of the Palomar Observatory and to the southwest Tahquitz Peak Lookout. From this point you can continue down to Idyllwild or up to the Mt. San Jacinto Peak. Elevation gain, strenuous.
San Jacinto Peak: This is a 5.5 mile hike one way will take you to the second highest point in southern California. On clear days it is reported that you can see Catalina Island or the glow from Las Vegas at night.
Guided Nature walks
Guided nature walks are a wonderful way to learn about the natural environment at the top of the Tram. Guided Nature Walks are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. Times of the walks may be obtained at the Natural History Association store at the Mountain Station. There is no charge for this one-of-a kind experience.
For those who are truly environmentally oriented, the Mount San Jacinto State Park Volunteers conduct guided walks each weekend during the summer. Times of the walks may be obtained at the Mountain Station Natural History Museum. The center also offers maps and nature books for a nominal fee. There is no charge for the 40 minute walk. Participants are urged to wear flat, comfortable shoes.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway The Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument was established by an Act of Congress on October 24, 2000 “in order to preserve the nationally significant biological, cultural, recreational, geological, educational, and scientific values found in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains and to secure now and for future generations the opportunity to experience and enjoy the magnificent vistas, wildlife, land forms, and natural and cultural resources in these mountains”.
Hours of Operation:
Cars depart at least every half hour. Monday-Friday first Tram up 10am
Saturday, Sunday & holidays:
First Tram up 8am; Last Tram up 8pm & last Tram down 9:45pm.
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
No pets allowed.