Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Announces Annual Maintenance Closure


PALM SPRINGS — The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will close for annual maintenance beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7 with a tentative reopening date of Monday, Oct. 4 at 10a.m.

In advance of the closure, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate extended holiday hours on Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of Labor Day. The first tram up will be at 8 a.m., last tram up will be 6 p.m. and last tram down will be at 8 p.m. Trams depart at least every 30 minutes.

Also, Guided Nature Walks by Mt. San Jacinto State Park Volunteers end Sunday, September 5. These walks, which are conducted Saturdays and Sundays during summer months, feature a choice of two easy trails–the Desert View Trail, a 1½-mile route 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 and there is no charge. Walks begin at the bottom of the concrete ramp

“During this year’s shutdown, one of our track ropes will be repositioned, which is done in 12-year intervals to facilitate even wear,” Vice President of Tramway Systems Chris Bartsch said in a prepared statement. “We will also be changing pendant ropes, and the liners and bushings on the pendant rope sheaves. Finally, we will be conducting our annual comprehensive mechanical and electrical testing on numerous Tramway systems.”

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car. Opened in 1963, the Tram’s 80-passenger cars travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft.) in approximately 10 minutes. For more information, please call 888-515-TRAM or 760-325-1391, or click here.

Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols, added, “We regret the inconvenience our annual maintenance shutdown causes our guests, but since we run seven-days-a-week year-round, this time allows us to complete projects we cannot do when we are open to the public.”




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