Palm Springs Aerial Tram

Another thing on our Palm Springs Bucket List was the Aerial Tram and we finally made that trip 🙂

We were able to get a parking spot very close to the entrance to the tram.

Once we decided we were going to go we had to decide what time of day we wanted to go. It really didn’t take much discussion before we knew we wanted to go just before sunset. So we purchased ride and dine tickets for 4:00 p.m., which we knew would give us daylight going up and city lights coming down. The tickets cost $76.00 for the two of us.

Waiting for the tram.

We didn’t think the price was bad considering it included dinner but we were very disappointed that we had to pay an additional $8.00 for parking … and that wasn’t mentioned anywhere that I saw on the website!

A tram on its way up the hill.

I wasn’t holding much hope for the quality of the pictures I took from the tram on the way up because the windows were not that clean … but I was surprised when I looked at them, they weren’t that bad 🙂

On our way up the hill.

Looking back down at the station.

The trams are circular and have lots of window room. There is no need to be the first person on the tram because the floor revolves throughout the trip giving everyone a 360 degree view.

There were lot’s of patches of colour.

The picture below shows a tram coming down as we went up. At the upper station there is a 60.83 ton steel and concrete counterweight that keeps constant tension on the haul rope. A motor at the bottom station always pulls a car down which in turn pulls the other car up … a pretty neat system.

After a ten minute, 2.5 mile trip we arrived at the top and headed out onto the many balconies to get some pictures. Sadly the haze that we had seen while at Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park was still around so I wasn’t able to get any clear pictures of Palm Springs.

The park is 14,000 acres and contains 54 miles of hiking trails but we chose not to do any hiking because it would be getting dark and we mainly came for the views and sunset.

More big rocks!

We enjoyed the views and then headed inside for a drink at the bar … $10.00 each but we also expected that as higher prices are normal in places like this … and I actually thought drink prices would be much higher.

The sun sets behind the mountains so you really don’t get a spectacular sunset. I took these two pictures before we headed inside and thought that would be it for the sunset.

While we had our drink I kept an eye out the window and noticed the sky was starting to change colour a little more so I left hubby with his drink and headed back out for more pictures.

After our drink we had dinner, which wasn’t that bad for the price we paid and was very filling.

I meant to bring my tripod to get some city light pictures and of course I forgot it in the truck, but I was able to get a few.

We watched a few movies about the park, they were really lousy quality and need to be redone and updated, and then boarded our tram for the trip down the hill.

We are glad we finally did the tram ride but I don’t think we will do it again, once was enough, but it did end on an upbeat note. On the trip down we were with a group of dentists in town for a conference. The tram operator played Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline, which had everyone singing and watching the city lights. 🙂

Until next time …

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