For one of the best views of Mt. San Jacinto and the Chino Canyon, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the place to see it. The 10-minute tram ride gains about 6,000 feet in elevation over a 2.5 mile distance. You’ll soar above the desert wilderness to the beautiful landscape of Mt. San Jacinto State Park giving you one of the most amazing scenic vistas, but there’s also much more to explore at the Mountain Station.
As the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway cars inch up the mountain, they slowly rotate for guests to take in a full panoramic view of the rugged canyon below. Once to the top, guests can take it all in from observation decks, check out the natural history museum or two historical documentary theaters, and more than 50 miles of hiking trails for the true outdoor enthusiasts. There’s even a cafe for grab-and-go items for a picnic-style lunch or early supper.
From our Historic Palm Springs Boutique Hotel take a quick 20-minute scenic drive to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. On your stay with us, you’ll experience the special luxuries that only a boutique hotel can present. In between outings to nearby sights like the Aerial Tramway and the Palms Springs Art Museum, spend your time lounging in our pristine pool area with refreshing drinks in relaxing ambiance. Start planning your next getaway today and book your room first.
Take in Amazing Views from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
A visit to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will stay with you for a long time after your vacation is over. It’s a unique and awe-inspiring way to really enjoy the landscape and beauty of this desert town and valley. Just as heading up to the top of the Empire State Building to view the expanse of NY City, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will give you that same sense of grandeur.
Here are 7 little tidbits of information to know about the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway before you go:
- First things first: Pack accordingly! The temperature up on the mountain is traditionally about 30-40 degrees cooler than at the pick up station down in the desert. It may still be warm enough for your hot weather clothes. but bring a wrap or a light coat just in case.
- Also, just a little fair warning, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway may not be the best activity for those who are wary of heights. On a windy day, the tram cars sway in the gusts (which it’s fully designed to do) but this experience might not be for everyone.
- Luckily, once at the top, if you found the ride up a bit unnerving, you can grab a cocktail or glass of wine at the Pine Cafe, along with an assortment of snacks, sandwiches, and treats. Currently, the other dining options (Peaks Restaurant and The Lookout Lounge) are closed for renovation.
- The Mountain Station Natural History Museum is a lovely spot to learn a bit more about the area. They offer guided nature walks for those who are interested. The experienced rangers will fill you in on the geology of the landscape and help you discover the flora and fauna.
- For self-guided hikes, there are five trail options to choose from that range in length and difficulty. For those looking for a leisurely nature stroll the “Long Valley Discovery Trail” is under a mile and clearly marked for an easy loop. For the truly brave and experienced hikers, the 11-mile (round trip) hike to the peak of Mt. San Jacinto takes you to the second highest point in CA and if you’re lucky you might be able to see all the way to Catalina Island.
- The Palms Springs Aerial Tramway is a feat of engineering and has been dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” due to the use of helicopters for much of the building process. The tram had its inaugural ride in 1963 and in the late 90s a modern face-lift with the introduction of the rotating tram cars.
- When planning your trip to the Tram, check arrival and departure dates closely, as you don’t want to miss the last tram down for the day, but they do run late enough to stay for the beautiful sunset.
Even More Gorgeous Views from Our Palm Springs Hotel
After you’ve taken in the expansive vistas from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, come sit and witness the amazing views of the Coachella Valley from the comfort of our Palm Springs Hotel. Every inch of The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is immaculately maintained, from our luxury and beautifully appointed guest suites to our sweeping grounds and lush gardens.
As you arrive up our stone walk, you’ll feel the serene calm wash over you. This only continues as you check into one of our elegant guest suites, all tastefully decorated with antiques, but updated with modern amenities. Some offer a cozy fireplace and private balcony as a little added extra perk. Join us for a delicious home-made coursed breakfast in the morning and an exquisite spread of hors d’oeuvres and wine in the evening.