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Palm Springs Aerial TramwayNote:The Valley Station, the tramcar and the Mountain Station are all fully wheelchair accessible and A.D.A. compliant.


  • September 1963
  • Two 80-passenger enclosed rotating cars
  • Valley Station - 2,643'
  • Mountain Station - 8,516'

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

One Tramway Road
Palm Springs, CA. 92262

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The Tramway will be closed for Annual Maintenance several weeks during the Fall.
Approximately 12,800' with vertical ascent of 5,873' - 15 minutes travel time one way.
Five towers support four 1-7/8" steel cables as well as four hauling cables, two auxiliary cables and a communications cable. The first tower is the tallest at 214' high; Tower Number Four is the shortest at 56 1/2' high. The weight of steel in the five towers totals 263 tons; the weight of the 11 cables totals 330 tons. The maximum span between towers is 3,455' between Towers 3 and 4.
Cars depart at least every half hour from 10 a.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. weekends and holiday periods. Last car up is 8 p.m. with the last car down at 9:45 p.m.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Fact Sheet
Elevation of lower terminal (Valley Station): 2,643ft 806m ASL Palm Springs TRAM
Elevation of upper terminal (Mountain Station):  8,516ft 2597m ASL
Difference of elevation: 5,873ft 1,791m
Actual length traveled along cables: 12,780ft 3,895m
Average gradient: 26 degrees  
Maximum gradient: 42 degrees  
Number of intermediate towers: 5  
The first tower is the tallest at approximately 227ft  
Car dimensions: 8ft high inside 18ft in diameter
Weight (carriage, hanger and cabin) empty: 22,000lb 10,000kg
Weight (carriage, hanger and cabin) loaded: 13,600lb 6,200kg
Total weight: 35,600lb 16,200kg
Capacity of each car: Approx. 80 passengers plus 1 car operator
Maximum existing traveling speed:  1,970 linear feet per minute. 21 mph 10 m/sec  
Maximum future traveling speed:  2,165 linear feet per minute. 24 mph 11 m/sec Palm Springs TRAM
Maximum possible traveling speed while passing towers:  1,575 linear feet per minute 18 mph 8 m/sec
System of electric drive:  3 Phase Regenerative D.C. SCR
Maximum output of DC hoist motor: 1,100 HP 1,350 KW
Continuous output: 675 HP 855 KW
Number and size of cables:
  • 2 x 2 tension to track ropes of 3 inches / 75mm diameter 
  • 2 x 2 stationary track cables of 1-7/8 inches / 47.5mm diameter
  • 1 lower hauling rope of 1-9/16 inches / 40mm diameter
  • 1 upper counter rope of 1-3/4 inches / 45mm diameter
  • 1 auxiliary rope of 15/16 inches / 24mm diameter
  • 1 telephone rope of 5/8 inches / 16.2mm diameter, with a fiber optic core. 
The cable span and number of slack rope carriers:
     Valley Station to Tower 1   (1 slack carrier) 1,148ft 349m  
     Tower 1 to Tower 2   ( 5 slack carriers) 3,280ft 1,000m  
     Tower 2 to Tower 3   (4 slack carriers) 3,225ft 983m Palm Springs TRAM
     Tower 3 to Tower 4   (4 slack carriers) 3,455ft 1,053m
     Tower 4 to Tower 5   (1 slack carrier) 968ft 295m
     Tower 5 to Mt. Station   (no slack carrier) 695ft 212m
Individual Tower Heights:  
     Tower 1 227ft 69.1m
     Tower 2 146ft 44.4m
     Tower 3 83ft  25.3m
     Tower 4 65ft 19.8m
     Tower 5 68ft 20.6m
FACT:  Each pair of track cables is tensioned by counterweights at the Valley Station, weighing in excess of 120 tons each.
FACT:  The haul and counter ropes are tensioned by a counterweight at the Mountain Station weighing 67 tons.
FACT:  Other rotating trams in the world:

Mt. Titlis, Engelberg, Switzerland
Operates winter and summer

Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa
Operates year round

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