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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Tickets and Prices


Ascend two-and-one-half miles to a pristine wilderness aboard the world's largest rotating tram car.  

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway constructed in Chino Canyon on the north edge of Palm Springs - about two hours by car from Los Angeles and San Diego  - did not just happen. This is the  dream of a young electrical engineer named Francis F. Crocker to "go up there where it's nice and cool".

Crocker's dream began in 1935 while he was on a trip to Banning, California, with newspaper publisher Carl Barkow. Mopping his brow in the heat of the day, Crocker gazed on longingly at the still snow-capped peak of Mt. San Jacinto 10,834 feet high. At that moment, "Crocker's Folly,'' as it was soon dubbed by one newspaper woman, was born - a tramway up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon.



The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—the world’s largest rotating tram car—travels over 2 1/2 miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon, transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. During your approximately ten-minute journey, tram cars rotate slowly, offering picturesque and spectacular vistas of the valley floor below. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails. 

Do my tickets expire?

Yes, tickets are valid only on your chosen visit date.

Can I use a digital ticket on my mobile device?

Yes, a digital ticket is considered valid on a mobile device. However, open the voucher beforehand because internet access is spotty. You can either download the voucher or take a screenshot of it before presenting it at the ticket booth.

Is the tram car air conditioned?

No, but the windows are open to allow for ventilation.

How long does the tram ride take?

Approximately ten minutes in each direction.

How often do the trams run?

Tram cars run at least every 30 minutes and always on the hour. More frequent tram cars are scheduled as demand warrants.

Are pets allowed?

Only service animals are allowed on the tram. The State Park also restricts pets to service animals.

Do I have to specify a time I want to ride?

No, feel free to board at any time at your leisure.

Palm Springs is only 2 hours from Los Angeles so if you're planning a day trip or LA is next on your itinerary, we've got some great deals to explore!