Excursions in Palm Springs - CA: Escape from the desert heat and take a ride with the Aerial Tramway, 1800m up into the cool climate of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness. Come and climb into a pristine wilderness aboard the world's largest rotating tramcars as you enjoy spectacular views.
This is the steepest vertical cable rise in the U. S. and the second steepest in the world. What is remarkable about the ride, aside from the breathtaking views of the valley, is the change in temperature. At the bottom of the tram route, the temperature on the desert floor can reach 120 degrees. Then as you climb up through mountain canyons and chimneys, you'll arrive in an arctic-alpine forest with giant Ponderosa pines.
This thrilling vertical ascent gives you views of the Chino Canyon and the San Jacinto Mountains from the front of the car, while the Sonoran Desert extends as far as the eye can see from the rear of the car. Look to the top of Chino Canyon, snap a few photos, then look behind and below as you move from one ecological zone to another.
The 3-storey Mountain Station facility has a cocktail lounge, dining facilities, gift shop and observation decks . You can also explore the 14,000-acre Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area, which has 54 miles of hiking trails, rustic camping sites and granite outcrops providing clear views of the cities below.
Meeting point: On the Tramway.
Start/opening time: Cars depart at least every 30 minutes. From Monday to Friday at 10am; weekends and holiday periods at 8am. Last car up is 8pm with the last car down at 9.45pm.