PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA – THE TRAM

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.

Here comes the tram!
Here comes the tram!
Time to say a little prayer before Boarding!
Time to say a little prayer before Boarding!
That's where we started!  Way down there.
That’s where we started! Way down there.

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.

Moving up!
Moving up!
I really hope those cables are really strong!
I really hope those cables are really strong!
Coming in for landing!
Coming in for landing!

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.

Looking up to higher ground.  You can hike up there.  10,000+ feet.
Looking up to higher ground. You can hike up there. 10,000+ feet.
View 10516 feet below.
View 10516 feet below.
San Jacinto Park
San Jacinto Park
Mountain Center lookout.
Mountain Center lookout.
Time to return to the desert!
Time to return to the desert!

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.

Looking out of the tram!
Looking out of the tram!
Down safe and sound!
Down safe and sound!
Observations at the Valley Center... 2000 feet.
Observations at the Valley Center… 2000 feet.
On the road back to Palm Springs.
On the road back to Palm Springs.

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.

3 Comments on “PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA – THE TRAM

  1. Heidi,

    really enjoying your trip via pictures it’s “almost” like we with you…. Lori

    • It is fun! I’m enjoying visiting places where I had been years and years ago. Some of them have changed so much it’s like visiting for the first time. See you in about a month.

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