In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will open early on Thursday, July 4. The first tram car up on the holiday will be 8 a.m., the last tram car up will be 8 p.m. and the last tram car down will leave the Mountain Station at 9:45 p.m.
Also, “Early Fridays” (8 a.m. first tram car up) continue through Labor Day weekend, as well as extended summer hours (9 p.m. last tram car up on Fridays and Saturdays with last tram car down at 10:30 p.m.)
And, on Saturday, July 6, Junior Ranger Days, led by MSJSP&W Interpreter Allison Barnes, is being held at the base of the Mountain Station’s walkway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It includes such children’s activities as “Leave No Trace” games, “Spin the Wheel” information board and “Meet & Greet” with animal pelts. Additional dates are Aug. 3 and 31, and Sept. 1. No advance registration is required.
Hikers may also join free guided-nature walks on Saturdays and Sundays featuring a choice of two easy trails: the Desert View Trail, a 1 ½-mile loop beginning at 11 a.m., or the Long Valley Nature Trail, a ¾-mile loop beginning at 1:30 p.m. Those interested should meet at the bottom of the cement walkway located just outside the Mountain Station.