Year-round passes to ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will be extended to mirror the amount of days it is shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Monday.
The world’s largest rotating car was closed March 12 due to the coronavirus, days before stay-at-home orders from Palm Springs and Gov. Gavin Newsom placed restrictions on non-essential workplaces.
“At this time, we do not have a date for re-opening,” tram spokeswoman Cara Youngman told City News Service.
“We are currently working on a comprehensive set of precautionary measures based upon current health and governmental guidelines so that we will be fully prepared when we are given the ok to re-open.”
The tram customarily offers visitors and area residents a pathway to “escape the heat” as consistent triple-digit temperatures normally return to the Coachella Valley in May.
Annual passes typically include additional days to account for regular maintenance and other issues that close the tram throughout the year. The new dates will be added on top of the days typically added to year-round passes.
Temperatures at the top of tram typically dip by about 30 degrees compared to the desert floor during the summer, offering hikers and rock climbers cooler areas to explore. During the winter months, the tramway becomes a central focus of local tourism when it snows.
Since 1963, the tram has carried visitors 2 1/2 miles to the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, a trip that takes about 10 minutes
At an elevation of 8,516 feet, visitors can enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, a natural history museum, two documentary theaters and more than 50 miles of hiking trails.