How to Spend Your Next Trip to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Written By: Brianna Romano Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Just a six-mile drive from Downtown Palm Springs, the Palms Springs Aerial Tramway is the gateway to your perfect day in the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Not only is it one of three rotating tram cars in the world, The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway also takes the cake for the largest. The tramway takes you two and a half miles up through Chino Canyon in 10 minutes to an elevation of 8,516 feet. You can purchase tickets when you arrive or through their website prior. Here are four fun things to do when you visit Valley Station.
Dine at Peaks Restaurant
If you are looking for a quick trip up for an hour or so, there are two restaurants and a cocktail lounge at the top of the tram. Have a romantic fine dining experience at Peaks Restaurant offering contemporary California cuisine. If you are looking to just grab a drink and some appetizers, head over to The Lookout Lounge where you can check out the Chino Canyon Balcony that looks out over Chino Canyon and the Coachella Valley.
Hike the Trails
San Jacinto State Park has over 50 miles of hiking trails, and there are trails for everyone. Whether you just want to take a three-quarter mile self guided nature walk on the Long Valley Discovery Trail, or a five-and-a-half mile hike to the second highest point in southern California, you’ll be able to enjoy a day of hiking no matter what your pace. No permits are needed for Long Valley trails, but a wilderness permit is needed if you are hiking beyond the ranger station. There is no charge and you can grab one on arrival at the ranger station.
Camp at Grounds
If you are an experienced camper, there are primitive campgrounds available. You will want to make a reservation and get a permit before you arrive, and there is a $5 fee per person for camping. There is little to no running water depending on the time of year and you must hike into the campgrounds. The Round Valley Campground is just 2.1 miles from the tram.
Play in the Snow
In the winter months, there is usually snow at the top of the mountain. The weather at the Mountain Station is typically 30-40 degrees cooler than on the desert floor. It’s a great place to bring kids for a snowball fight, some cross country skiing, or snowshoeing! Cross-country skis, ski poles, and snowshoes are available to rent at the Adventure Center.
Palms Springs Aerial Tramway
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument
1 Tram Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Adventure is Everywhere! Check Out These 4 Fun Things to Do at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway