For Coachella Valley residents and visitors wishing to view the “Great American Solar Eclipse,” the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open early on Monday, August 21. Ticket sales begin at 7:30 a.m. with the first tram car at 8:00 a.m. The eclipse begins at 9:00 a.m. and reaches its peak (approx. 60% coverage) at 10:25 a.m.
Under the supervision of Mount San Jacinto State Park Interpreter Allison Barnes, the program will take place on the viewing deck of the Tramway’s Mountain Station with the Park providing NASA-approved solar-viewing glasses (for the first 50 people) and a telescope with solar filter.
What better location to watch the solar eclipse than from the place closest to the Sun … the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway!
Armed Forces Receive Free Tram Admission throughout July
For the entire month of July, all military personnel with valid military identification—active, former and retired—receive free admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway along with a special gift as part of Military Days. Spouses of deployed military members, as well as widows, also qualify for the promotion. 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, “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. We are delighted to welcome them back again this July.”
While visiting, Tramway guests enjoy:
Hiking the 50+ miles of pristine wilderness in the Mount San Jacinto State Park.
Picnic dining under a beautiful pine forest.
Joining guided nature walks free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend.
Exploring the natural history museum and watching two documentary films on the history of the Tramway and State Park.
Lunch or dinner in either Peaks Restaurant, a fine dining experience, or Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant.
Don’t miss out on this annual tradition!
EXTENDED TRAM HOURS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
Tramway Opens 8:00 a.m. on July 3 and 4
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open early on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. The first tram car up those days will be 8:00 a.m., the last tram car up will be 8:00 p.m. and the last tram car down will be 9:45 p.m.
Also, “Early Fridays” (8:00 a.m. first tram car up) continue through Labor Day Weekend, as well as extended summer hours (9:00 p.m. last tram car up on Fridays and Saturdays with last tram car down at 10:30 p.m.)
And don’t forget to join free guided nature walks on Saturdays and Sundays featuring a choice of two easy trails–the Desert View Trail, a 1½-mile loop beginning at 11:00 a.m. or the Long Valley Nature Trail, a ¾-mile loop beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those interested should meet at the bottom of the cement walkway located just outside the Mountain Station.
Celebrate Independence Day Weekend in the cool Alpine forests at the Top of the Tram!
MT. SAN JACINTO STATE PARK & WILDERNESS AND MT. SAN JACINTO NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCE SUMMER PROGRAMS
May 20 kicks off the summer programs of the Mt. San Jacinto Natural History Association (NHA) in partnership with the Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness (MSJSP&W).
According to NHA President Joe Migliore, “While we live in a desert, we decided to launch a new educational program series featuring a high mountain experience.”
The first program entitled “The Ten Essentials of Wilderness Travel” is led by Senior Patroller Carl Maple and includes an undisclosed hike. Advance registration is required.
Then, on May 27 and 28, “Junior Ranger Days” returns to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Formerly “Family Days,” these popular events led by MSJSP&W Interpreter Allison Barnes are held at the base of the Mountain Station’s walkway from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and include such children’s activities as “Leave No Trace” games, “Spin the Wheel” information board and “Meet & Greet” with animal pelts. Additional dates are June 24, July 29, August 12, and September 2 and 3. No advance registration is required.
Also, free Guided Nature Walks by State Park volunteers resume May 27 and continue Saturdays and Sundays through late summer. These walks feature a choice of two easy trails–the Desert View Trail, a 1½-mile beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the Long Valley Nature Trail, a ¾-mile loop beginning at 1:30 p.m. No advance registration is required.
There is no charge for any of these programs, except for regular Tramway admission.
PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY TAKES RESTAURANT WEEK TO NEW HEIGHTS
Diners Enjoy Peaks Restaurant At 8,516 Feet
PALM SPRINGS, CA (May 08, 2017) Fine dining in an Alpine forest with panoramic views of the entire Coachella Valley can be found in only one location—Peaks Restaurant at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. And there’s no better time to experience Peaks than during Palm Springs Restaurant WeekJune 2-11, 2017.
The three-course $49 prix fixe menu (exclusive of tax, gratuity and tram fare) includes:
Starter—Beef Tartar, Arugula Salad or Corn Chowder.
Entree—Chimichurri Steak, Lemon Pepper Chicken or Potato Gnocchi.
Dessert—Orange Bread Pudding or Godiva Chocolate Cheese Cake.
Reduced tram fares after 4:00 p.m. are $18 for adults and seniors, and $12 for children (ages 3-12) with confirmed Peaks Restaurant reservations during Restaurant Week. The last tram car up Sunday through Thursday is 8:00 p.m. and the last car down is at 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the last tram car up is 9:00 p.m. and last tram car down is at 10:30 p.m.