Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to close to annual maintenance

PALM SPRINGS —The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, will close for annual maintenance beginning Monday, Aug. 7.

It is tentatively scheduled to reopening Friday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m.

“During this year’s shutdown, we will be performing our annual State-permit testing,” Vice President of Tramway Systems Chris Bartsch said in a statement. “Additionally, the Tramway control systems will be updated, the gearbox will undergo a rebuild, and the cables will be tested.”

Tramway General Manager Nancy Nichols said, “Since we are open seven days a week throughout the year, our annual maintenance closure allows our maintenance and tramway systems teams to perform necessary updates and general maintenance. This time also allows for training and planning in other departments as we prepare for our upcoming season.”

The last day to ride the Tram before the annual maintenance closure is Sunday, Aug. 6.

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 visit 


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  • Tramcar Exterior: PS Tramway