This is a must-do, especially for first-timers. It’s probably the steepest tram car you’ll ever ride as it ascends 5,873 feet up a cliff—you can almost touch the rock in places—to the top of Mount San Jacinto, 8,516 feet above sea level. These are the world’s largest rotating tram cars, so there’s no need to jostle for views with the other 80 passengers. The tram cars also are handicap-accessible. From the top, the views are incredible, as Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley spread beneath you. It’s a great way to get the lay of the land. There are lots of activities up here in the 14,000-acre Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area. Take a guided nature hike, explore on your own the 54 miles of hiking trails, camp overnight, and eat lunch or dinner in the view-filled Peaks Restaurant or the cafeteria-style Pines Café. In winter, snow covers the mountain top and visitors rent skis for cross-country skiing, and snowshoes and sleds for family fun.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 09:45 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 08:00 AM to 09:45 PM
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