Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Up, up, and away.View of the cables for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway stretching down San Jacinto Peak

Hop aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and see the wide-open spaces, endless blue skies and a dramatic mountain backdrop of Greater Palm Springs like never before. Located just minutes from downtown Palm Springs and considered a gateway to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, the world’s largest rotating tramcar takes travelers on a 10-minute ride, ascending more than 8,500 feet from the base of Chino Canyon to the top of Mount San Jacinto, where breathtaking views and pristine alpine wilderness await.

Enjoy The Outdoors A steep paved walkway near a sign for the Mount San Jacinto State Park

Cooler temperatures and outdoor adventures ranging from guided nature walks to camping under the stars make the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway the perfect year-round escape for every type of traveler. Explore over 50 miles of hiking trails, such as the Long Valley Discovery Loop, an easy 1-mile path that envelops hikers in woodlands, wildflowers and birdsong. Climb new heights while bouldering your way up a massive wall of rocks. You can even build a snowman during winter months, when the mountaintop transforms into a glistening winter wonderland, complete with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more.

Dine with breathtaking views

The hostess at Peaks Restaurant near the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Enjoy dishes that have been crafted through the use of all locally grown and sourced foods. Whether you're savoring the vibrant flavors of the season or appreciating the sustainable practices that bring these ingredients to your plate, each bite promises a taste of the local bounty. Need a quick bite after your hike? Stop by the Lookout Lounge Pines or Cascade Café, where you can choose from a delicious selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more. Both locations offer a convenient and inviting spot to refuel, ensuring you can continue your adventures with renewed energy.


A father and son at a scenic overlook on San Jacinto Peak in California

Ready to experience Palm Springs Aerial Tramway? Here are a few tips before you go. 

  • Be sure to dress appropriately (which may mean bundling up!). The temperature is usually 30-40 degrees cooler than the valley floor.
  • If you are planning to camp, be sure to get a permit. 
  • Always be mindful of the environment while hiking. Observe wildlife from a safe distance and stay on the trail.

From May 24, 2024, to September 2, 2024, the first tram departs at 10:00 am on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends and holidays, with the last tram down at 9:30 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.

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