The Palm Springs Aerial Tram is said to be “one of the most unique adventure attractions on earth –an engineering marvel featuring the world’s largest rotating tram cars…. ” The breathtaking views as you ascend from 2643 feet to 8516 feet (two and a half miles) in 10 minutes are exhilarating and a bit scary.
You start your experience at the Valley Station. Your ascent takes you through five life zones from the Mexican Sonoran Desert to an Alpine wilderness.
When you reach the top you are in Mt. San Jacinto State Park which has 54 miles of hiking trails and primitive campgrounds. Having snowed up there the night before our excursion we found a lot of snow! There were people on the tram with cross-country skis, sleds and snowshoes ready to enjoy a day of snow activities. The Adventure Center has sleds and related winter items for sale. There are also gift shops, restaurants and vending machines in the Mountain Station as well as the Valley Station.
I found the descent much more relaxing… guess I figured if we made it up in one piece we’d make it down in one piece.
Riding the Palm Springs Aerial Tram is something you have to experience for yourself… there are really no words to describe the beauty of the terrain or the thrill of traveling almost 6,000 feet in a rotating tram car. And if you’re lucky, you just might see some Bighorn Sheep, coyotes or some of the other animals distinct to each of the five zones.