Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

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Enjoy spectacular views as you ride from the desert floor to a pristine alpine forest

Take a hike on the 54 miles (87 kilometers) of hiking trails

Go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter if the weather permits it

Dine at the top of the tramway and take advantage of shopping opportunities at the gift shops


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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.


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.

What's Included:

• Round-trip tram ride

Good to Know:

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.

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  • Rating: 5 “Best part of Palm Springs in the summer!”

    Reviewed by Wendy – Sedona, United States on August 31, 2014 This was a spectacular rid, well-run and safe. The park at the top is really special and you should go as early as you can and stay as long as you can or even camp overnight. I'm looking forward to going back in the winter for snowshoeing or skiing on the top of the San Jacintos! Bring your own food, if you can, but there is a cafeteria that is ok. Good fries.

  • Rating: 5 “Well worth the trip”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – Staines, United Kingdom on July 25, 2014 Amazing views on way up, and nice nature trail with shade at the top. Great for children, and volunteer wardens really friendly especially with the children.
    Excellent organisation, took only a few minutes to redeem the voucher, and we were on the next tram up.
    His was the first time I had used GetYourGuide and I will definitely use them again (where I can save money)

  • Rating: 4 “magnificent”

    Reviewed by Isagani – Los Angeles, United States on June 8, 2014 Once in lifetime experience.

  • Rating: 5 “Awesome ride and tour!!!!”

    Reviewed by julio – virginia beach, United States on June 5, 2014 It was one of the best rides and yours I have ever been on!!

  • Rating: 3 “views are great”

    Reviewed by David – Las Vegas, United States on March 24, 2014 The aerial tram itself was great. It spins as you go up so views are fantastic wherever you end up in the cabin.
    Booking online was easy, only annoyance was that you still need to stand in line with everyone else to exchange your voucher for a ticket. I thought the voucher was the ticket. No big deal if it's not too busy but can be a drag.

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  • “This was an AWESOME experience”

    “This experience was Amazing & I would recommend it to anyone else.”

    StevenfromCovina, United States

  • “This was awesome and a really fun day hike!!”

    “Loved it.”

    EricafromSan Diego, United States

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