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Palm Springs Rotating Aerial Tramcar
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If you love the great outdoors, this Coachella Valley tour should be at the top of your to-do list. On this Palm Springs tour, you’ll take a ride up Chino Canyon on the world’s largest rotating tramcar for some of the best views in the entire state. You’ll get a good look at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument as well as the vast Coachella Valley. Pack your camera and join a knowledgeable local guide on this Palm Springs Tramcar tour.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway opened back in 1963 as a more convenient way to get close to the peak of the San Jacinto Mountains. Before it opened, travelers would have to hike several hours; this ride gets you up there in about 10 minutes. More than 12 million people have ridden the tram since its opening, and now it's your chance to join them. You’ll hop on at the tram’s Valley Station, which has an elevation of about 2,643 feet. Once you’re aboard, take a look around: you can see for miles in any direction; there’s something peaceful about viewing the pristine wilderness from this height. Your journey concludes about two and a half miles up the mountain at the Mountain Station.

Along the way, you’ll be treated to amazing views of Coachella Valley. This 45-mile-long valley contains several beautiful mountain ranges, like the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains. You’ll get a good look at both of them; the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument covers an area of about 280,000 acres and is the home of many endangered species, including the Peninsular Bighorn Sheep. At the Mountain Station, you can visit the observation decks, grab a bite to eat, and watch an 18-minute film about the tramway's construction.

For the adventurous, within Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness area are some 50 miles of hiking trails, primitive campgrounds, and picnic areas. A permit is required for any hiking or backpacking in the wilderness. This is obtained, free of charge, from the Long Valley Ranger Station at the top of the Tramway. In winter, the Tramway Adventure Center is open in Long Valley offering cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

By the end of your Palm Springs Tramcar tour, you’ll have plenty of awesome photos to share and remember your trip by. Book your Chino Canyon tour now to see California’s natural wonders up close.

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The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
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Not Included
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We recommend comfortable clothing and walking shoes.
Both stations and tramcars are wheelchair accessible. Pregnant women and infants may ride the tramcar, but we always suggest consulting with your physician first. The altitude change is approximately 6,000 feet during the 10-minute ride. Service animals are permitted on the tram. Oxygen tanks, stroller, walkers, picnic chests, and backpacks may be brought onto the tramcar, but you may be asked to make some accommodation if the car is crowded.

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