California Deserts Visitor Information

Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Ascend two and one half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the World’s Largest Rotating Tramcars.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in rugged Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs – about two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego – did not just happen. It required foresight, planning, financing and, most of all a vision. For years, it was the dream of a young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to “go up there where it’s nice and cool”.

More than 12 million people have been safely transported by the Tramway into the majestic mountains overlooking the Coachella Valley since the attraction opened in September 1963.

Today visitors make the trip to enjoy the views. Our guided nature walks are a wonderful way to learn about the natural environment at the Top of the Tram.  There is no charge for this one-of-a kind experience.

Within the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness are 54 miles of hiking trails which should be sufficient to satisfy the appetite of the most avid outdoor enthusiast.  Trails range from the awe-inspiring five and one-half mile trek to the 10,834 foot peak of San Jacinto to the just over one mile nature walk through picturesque Long Valley, located just behind the Tram’s Mountain Station.

In cool weather winter activities are available:

  • Cross-Country Skiing- Cross-country ski enthusiasts have found the State Park to be unsurpassed in its challenging terrain. You can bring your own equipment or you can rent skis, boots and poles at the Adventure Center.
  • Family Snow Fun – People of all ages can enjoy fun in the snow, and only a few inches of snow are necessary.   Sleds and cold weather apparel are available for purchase in our Mountain Gift shop.
  • SnowShoeing – For those wanting to take a walk during the winter into the back country, snowshoe rentals are available.  Wilderness permits are required for anyone venturing outside of Long Valley, and may be obtained from the Ranger Station in Long Valley.
  • Snow Camping – For the more adventurous and well-experienced, snow camping offers a special way to spend a winter weekend.  Requests for advance permits may be made in person or in writing.

One Tramway Rd.
Palm Springs, CA.  92262


For more information visit Palm Springs Aerial Tram

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