PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway introduced
an annual pass good for unlimited travel on the scenic tram ride up
the side of Mount San Jacinto.
The pass, which costs $110 for adults and $80 for children
between the ages of 5 and 12, was prompted by the success of the
tram-way's Cool Summer Pass, according to general manager, Bob Leo.
"We are convinced that many people rediscovered the tramway thanks
to the Cool Summer Pass," he said. "We want to remind them that it
is an all-season attraction with something for everyone. It's
enjoyable just to come up for cool, fresh mountain air."
The mountain in winter offers people in Southern California --
especially those in the desert communities -- one of the few places
within easy reach where they can see, and play in, snow. What are
hiking and mule ride trails in summer become cross-country skiing,
snow tubing and snow-shoeing areas.
The ride to the upper station and the tramway's Alpine
Restaurant, takes about 15 minutes, covering a total distance of
12,800 feet and ascending vertically 5,873 feet. The views of the
Coachella Valley from the 80-passenger trams on the way up, and
from the upper station, are one of the major attractions of the
The lower terminal is located on the outskirts of the city of
Palm Springs, on Highway 111, which runs through town from
The trams start running at 10 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on
weekends; the last tram up leaves the valley floor at 8 p.m. and
the last return is 9:45 p.m. The single-ride rates are $17.65
adult; $14.65 seniors (55-plus), and $11.65 children between the
ages of 5 and 12.
Palm Springs Tramway, Phone: (888) 515-TRAM or (760) 325-1391m