Temporary Shutdown of Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Concludes with Refurbishment and Comprehensive Testing

PALM SPRINGS — Just in time for the long holiday weekend, the popular and beloved Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will reopen on Monday, Oct. 10, after its annual maintenance closure.

The first tram up will be at 10 a.m., the last tram up will be at 8 p.m. and the last tram down will be at 9:30 p.m. Tram cars depart at least every 30 minutes.

Completed projects this year include the replacement of tower sheaves, replacement of the dome windows in both tramcars, and comprehensive mechanical and electrical testing of Tramway systems.

“Each year’s maintenance closure allows our team the opportunity to perform both mechanical and aesthetic improvements to our tramcars and to our Valley and Mountain Stations,” General Manager Nancy Nichols said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to welcoming a new season of Coachella Valley residents and visitors to the Tramway and Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.” 

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.

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  • Tramcar: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway