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.
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 Week May 31 through June 9, 2019.
The three-course $49 prix fixe menu (exclusive of tax, gratuity and tram fare) includes:
Starter—Green Salad, Corn Chowder or Beef Tartar
Entree—Potato Gnocchi, Lemon Pepper Chicken or Chimichurri Steak
Dessert—Orange Bread Pudding or Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake
Reduced tram fares after 4:00 p.m. are $18 for adults and seniors, and $12 for children (ages 3-10) 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 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.
Memorial Day Weekend marks the official beginning of the summer season at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Extended holiday and weekend summer hours are just a few of the ways the Tramway is helping to extend your mountain adventure.
Memorial Day, May 27, the first tram up at 8:00 a.m.
May 24 through August 30 enjoy “Early Fridays.” The first tram up at 8:00 a.m. every Friday.
Friday, May 24 through Saturday, August 31, evening hours will be extended on Fridays and Saturdays with the last car up at 9:00 p.m. and the last car down at 10:30 p.m. In addition, Peaks Restaurant will remain open until 8:30 p.m. and Pines Café until 9:30 p.m. on those days.
For the first time, evening hours will also be extended on Sunday, May 26 for the Memorial Day Weekend. The last tram car up is at 9:00 p.m. and the last car down at 10:30 p.m.
“We are very happy to continue our extended-hours program so visitors have extra time to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and activities at the top of the Tram,” says Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols.
Southern California residents have long known that the coolest spot during the hot summer months is just a 10-minute tram ride away in the alpine forests atop majestic Mount San Jacinto. Beginning May 1, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Summer Pass makes “escaping the heat” easy—and affordable—for everyone when passes again go on sale.
Valid through August 31 2019, the Summer Pass includes unlimited Tram admissions for the pass-holder, a 10% discount on additional Tram admissions (up to 4 in party), a 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant or Pines Café, and unlimited free parking. Cost of the Summer Pass is $80 for adults and seniors and $40 for children ages 3-10, and may be purchased at the Tramway’s Valley Station or online at www.pstramway.com beginning May 1.
Summer Pass holders also enjoy over 50 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and multiple campgrounds all within the 14,000-acre pristine forest of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.
The Tramway’s Mountain Station offers spectacular viewpoints, two restaurants, cocktail lounge, gift shop and natural history museum.
The first tram up Monday through Friday is 10:00 a.m. and the first tram up Saturday and Sunday is 8:00 a.m. The last tram up daily is 8:00 p.m. and the last tram down is 9:45 p.m.
Just a short drive from many Southern California cities, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Summer Pass is the perfect summer escape!