The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate extended holiday hours on Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. Sunday, the first tram up will be at 8:00 a.m., the last tram up will be 9:00 p.m. and last tram down will be at 10:30 p.m. Monday, the first tram up will be at 8:00 a.m., 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.
The Tramway’s “Early Friday” program ends August 30 and the regular Friday schedule resumes September 6 with the first Tram up at 10:00 a.m.
In addition, August 31 is the end of the Tramway’s “Summer Hours” on Fridays and Saturdays. Beginning Friday, September 6, 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.
The Mt. San JacintoState Park and Wilderness concludes the summer’s “Junior Ranger Days” on Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. These popular events led by Interpreter Allison Barnes are held at the base of the Mountain Station’s walkway from 11:00 a.m. to 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.
Finally, the Tramway’s Summer Pass ends August 31, but the Annual Pass is still 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!
Free Tram Admission in August for Those Who Protect Our Communities
For the entire month of August, all qualified first responders receive free admission to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway as part of “First Responders Days”. In addition, up to four of their guests receive 25% off of their regular tram fares.
According to Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, “We are happy to have our second annual ‘First Responders Days’ and welcome the men and women who so courageously protect and serve our communities. We truly hope they enjoy their visit with us and make cherished memories with their families and friends.”
Qualifying personnel include (see www.pstramway.com for full listing):
Fire and police personnel
California Highway Patrol
County Sheriff Officers
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs)
This program runs August 1-31, 2019 with tickets (only) available at the Tramway’s Valley Station on the day of visit.
In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open early on Thursday, July 4. The first tram car up on the holiday 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.)
In addition, on Saturday July 6, “Junior Ranger Days” led by MSJSP&W Interpreter Allison Barnes is being held at the base of the Mountain Station’s walkway from 11:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. and includes such children’s activities as “Leave No Trace” games, “Spin the Wheel” information board and “Meet & Greet” with animal pelts. Additional dates are August 3, August 31, and September 1. No advance registration is required.
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!
U.S. Armed Forces Receive Free Tram Admission throughout July
During the entire month of July, all U.S. military personnel with valid military identification—active, former and retired—receive complimentary 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 military widows and widowers, also qualify for the promotion. In addition, up to four of their guests receive 25% off of their regular Tramway fares.
According to Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, “For more than a decade, Military Days has been a way of showing our gratitude to the dedicated men and women of the United States Armed Forces— along with their friends and families— for their service and sacrifice. We are delighted to welcome them back again this July.”
While visiting, Tramway guests can enjoy:
Hiking the 50+ miles of pristine wilderness in the Mount San Jacinto State Park.
Picnicking under a beautiful pine forest.
Joining guided nature walks free of charge on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day Weekend.
Dining in either Peaks Restaurant, a fine dining experience, or Pines Café, a cafeteria-style restaurant.
Mt. San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness (MSJSP&W) and the Natural History Association (NHA) are happy to announce the continuation of Class and Field Programs for the 2019 summer season.
Through October 19, a total of twenty programs will be presented covering a range of natural history and hike classes (www.msjnha.org/events).
The next program on May 18 is entitled “Sky Islands and Climate Refugia” and is led by Colin Barrows, Conservation Coordinator at the Friends of the Desert Mountains, Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
Also, on May 25 and 26, “Junior Ranger Days” returns to the Mt. San Jacinto State Park. 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 15, July 6, August 3, August 31 and September 1. No advance registration is required.
Finally, free Guided Nature Walks by State Park volunteers resume May 25 and continue Saturdays and Sundays through September 1. 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.