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September 13 Last Day to Ride Until September 26

PALM SPRINGS, CA (September 3, 2015) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for annual maintenance beginning Monday, September 14, 2015 with a tentative reopening date of Saturday, September 26 at 8:00 a.m.

“This year’s shutdown will provide an opportunity to rebuild the main gearbox, change two large counterweight sheave bearings at the Mountain Station, shorten the upper haul rope, and construct a new Valley Station domestic water storage tank,” says Tramway Vice President of Maintenance Nick Clesceri. “These major projects are in addition to our regular tramway maintenance tasks that are completed during our annual shutdown period.” 

According to Nancy Nichols, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, “The Tramway runs seven-days-a-week, year-round, so—while we regret the inconvenience our annual closure causes—this time ensures that we are able to operate smoothly the other 353 days of the year.”

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Holiday Marks End of Summer Schedule

PALM SPRINGS, CA (August 13, 2015) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate extended holiday hours on Monday, September 7, 2015 in observance of Labor Day. That day, the first Tram up will be at 8:00 a.m., the last Tram up will be 8:00 p.m. and last Tram down will be at 9:45 p.m. Trams depart at least every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour.

The Tramway’s new “Early Friday” program ends September 4 and the regular Friday schedule resumes September 11 with the first Tram up at 10:00 a.m.

Also, September 5 is the end of the Tramway’s “Summer Hours” on Friday’s and Saturdays. Beginning Friday, September 11, the Tramway’s last car up daily will again be 8:00 p.m. and the last car down will be 9:45 p.m.

Finally, the Tramway’s popular Summer Pass ends August 31, but the Annual Pass is now available for purchase either online or at the Tram’s Valley Station. The price is $160 for adults and $90 for children and includes 365 days of fun!

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Tramway Opens 8:00 a.m. Fridays July 3 through September 4

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 30, 2015) The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is happy to announce “Early Fridays” beginning July 3 and running through September 4. For those ten Fridays, the Tram will open two hours early at 8:00 a.m.

According to Tramway Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nancy Nichols, “We already stay open later on Friday and Saturday as part of our summer hour’s program, but many of our visitors, especially our local residents, have asked about getting an early start on Fridays as well, so we are pleased to announce this change.”

Escaping the desert heat is easier than ever with “Early Fridays,” but only through September 4.

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Armed Forces Receive Free Tram Admission Throughout July

PALM SPRINGS, CA (June 11, 2015) For the entire month of July, all military personnel with valid military identification — active and retired — receive free admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway as part of Military Days. In addition, up to six of their guests receive 25% off of their regular Tramway fares.

According to Tramway Vice President of Sales & Marketing Nancy Nichols, “Last July, military participation in this program grew by over 50%, so we’re delighted more military families than ever are now joining us. For over a decade, Military Days has been our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to the dedicated men and women of the United States armed forces, along with their friends and families.”

While visiting, Tramway guests enjoy:

  • Hiking the 50+ miles of pristine wilderness in the Mount San Jacinto State Park.

  • • Alfresco picnic dining under a beautiful pine forest.

  • Lunch or dinner in either Peaks Restaurant, a fine dining experience, or Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant.

  • Visiting the natural history museum and watching two documentary films on the history of the Tramway and State Park.

  • This decade-long annual traditionends July 31 , so don’t miss out!

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Diners Enjoy Peak’s Restaurant At 8,516 Feet

PALM SPRINGS, CA (May 20, 2015) If fine dining in an Alpine forest while enjoying views of the entire Coachella Valley sounds like an unlikely combination, then you’ve never visited Peak’s Restaurant at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. And there’s no better—or affordable—time to dine than during Palm Springs Restaurant Week May 29–June 7.

The three-course $38 Prix Fixe menu (exclusive of tax, gratuity and tram fare) includes:

  • • Starter — California Plum & Farro Salad, Maple Glazed Short Ribs or Crisped Rock Shrimp Tempura.

  • • Entree — Oven Roasted Monkfish, “Steakhouse” Pork Porterhouse or Hot Iron Seared Flat Iron Steak.

  • • Dessert — Sea Salted Boudino, Caramelized Milk Bread or “Banana Cream Pie” Cheesecake.

Reduced Tram fares after 4:00 p.m. are $18 for adults and seniors (62+), and $12 for children (3-12) with confirmed Peaks Restaurant reservations during Restaurant Week. The last tram car up Sunday through Thursday is 8:00 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the last tram car up is 9:00 p.m. with last tram car down at10:30 p.m.

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Summer Schedule Begins May 23

PALM SPRINGS, CA (May 12, 2015) Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of the summer season at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. In observance of the holiday, weekend hours will be extended through Monday, May 25 with the first car up at 8:00 a.m. each day.

Beginning Saturday, May 23 and continuing through Saturday, September 5, evening hours will be extended on Fridays and Saturdays with the last car up at 9:00 p.m. and the last car down at 10:30 p.m. Enjoy over an extra hour of the Alpine forests of Mount San Jacinto State Park and the sparkling nighttime views of the entire Coachella Valley. Also, Peaks Restaurant will remain open until 8:30 p.m. and Pines Café until 9:30 p.m. on those days.

Discounted Twilight Tickets are available for purchase after 4:00 p.m. with adults and seniors (62+) $20.95 and children (3-12) $13.95. Ride ‘n’ Dine tickets are also available after 4:00 p.m., and include Tram admission and dinner at Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant. Cost of the combination ticket is $36 for adults and seniors (62+) and $23.50 for children (3-12).

Start the summer above it all at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!

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Popular Program Runs May 1 through August 31, 2015

PALM SPRINGS, CA (April 15, 2015) Desert residents know that the Coachella Valley’s coolest spot during hot summer months is the alpine forest atop the San Jacinto Mountains. Beginning May 1, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Summer Pass makes “beating the heat” easy—and affordable—when passes go on sale.

Valid through August 31, the Summer Pass includes unlimited Tram admissions for the pass-holder, 10% discount on additional Tram admissions, 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant or Pines Café, and unlimited free parking. Cost of the Summer Pass is $75 for adults and seniors (62+), and $40 for children ages 3-12, and may be purchased at the Tram’s Valley Station or online at

Summer Pass holders also enjoy over 50 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and multiple campgrounds all within the 14,000-acre pristine forest of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area.

The Tram’s Mountain Station offers spectacular view points, two restaurants, cocktail lounge, gift shop, natural history museum and two documentary-style movies about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and the Mount San Jacinto State Park.

The first Tram up Monday through Friday is 10:00 a.m. and the first Tram up Saturday and Sunday is 8:00 a.m. The last Tram up daily is 8:00 p.m. and the last Tram down, 9:45 p.m.

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Cars depart at least every half hour.

Monday - Friday first Tram up 10am
Saturday, Sunday and holidays first Tram up 8am
Last Tram up 8pm and last Tram down 9:45pm

*Prices and Hours Of Operation Are Subject
To Change Without Notice

Please note: The Tramway’s annual maintenance is
scheduled for September 14, 2015, tentatively re-opening September 26, 2015. We apologize for the inconvenience.