- Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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The city of Palm Springs rests in the shadows of the San Jacinto Mountains. The towering, snow-topped peaks of Southern California's second-highest mountain range are beautiful to behold from the valley floor, but many visitors say that a mountaintop experience is incredible. To reach the summit, you'll take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Once you rise 8,516 feet to the top, you can hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski before heading back down the mountain via a return tram.
To avoid waiting in long ticket lines, several travelers recommend purchasing your tram passes on the attraction's ticket page. If tickets are not available online for your arrival date, you will need to buy them on-site. Adults will be charged $25.95 for standard tram tickets; reduced rates for seniors and children ages 3 to 10 are also offered.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway operates every day between 8 or 10 a.m. and 9:45 p.m., though exact hours may vary by season. Facilities found at the top of Mount San Jacinto include two restaurants, multiple observation decks, a natural history museum and a gift shop. Parking by the ticket office is also available for $5 per vehicle. The tram sits about 6 miles west of downtown Palm Springs. Additional information about on-site amenities, opening hours and more can be found on the attraction's website.
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