Finding outdoor activities in and around the sun-drenched desert oasis of Palm Springs is a natural. Three hundred- fifty days of sunshine and blue skies, breathtaking desert-hued views, and lovely palm tree lined streets, make a Coachella Valley get-away an ideal place for outdoor fun. There’s something for everyone, from invigorating hikes through mountain canyons to laid-back alfresco dining.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is a breath-taking attraction, not to be missed. Climbing up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon, the ride begins in the northern section of Palm Springs, and lifts passengers up to the summit in the St. Jacinto Mountains, elevation 8,516 feet.
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The Tramway was envisioned in 1935 by electrical engineer Francis Crocker as a way to escape the heat of the valley, and it still serves that purpose today, offering visitors to the desert area a chance to, as Crocker used to say, “go up there where it’s nice and cool.” The steep canyon posed construction and access challenges that were met by an innovative use of helicopters, which were used to haul the men and the materials needed to construct the Tramway’s towers and summit station.