PALM SPRINGS — One of the saving graces of summer in the desert is the ability to easily escape to the cooler climes of the mountains. Beginning May 1, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Summer Pass makes “escaping the heat” easy—and affordable—for everyone when passes again go on sale.

Southern California residents have long known that the coolest spot during the hot summer months is just a 10-minute tram ride away in the alpine forests atop majestic Mount San Jacinto.

Valid through Aug. 31 2019, the Summer Pass includes unlimited Tram admissions for the pass-holder, a 10% discount on additional Tram admissions (up to 4 in party), a 10% discount at Peaks Restaurant or Pines Café, and unlimited free parking. Cost of the Summer Pass is $80 for adults and seniors and $40 for children ages 3-10, and may be purchased at the Tramway’s Valley Station or online by clicking here beginning May 1.

Summer Pass holders also enjoy more than 50 miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and multiple campgrounds all within the 14,000-acre pristine forest of the Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.

The Tramway’s Mountain Station offers spectacular viewpoints, two restaurants, cocktail lounge, gift shop and natural history museum.

The first tram up Monday through Friday is 10 a.m. and the first tram up Saturday and Sunday is 8 a.m. The last tram up daily is 8 p.m. and the last tram down is 9:45 p.m.

Just a short drive from many Southern California cities, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Summer Pass makes the perfect summer escape.

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. Also, download the free mobile tour available in the App Store/Google Play.

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