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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Reopen on April 1



    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Reopen on April 1
    Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
    Following a 46-day closure, the up, up, up attraction'll reopen on Monday, April 1.

    What to Know

    • Monday, April 1

    • 46-day closure

    • Road repaired, as well as the Mountain Station roof and other issues

    Many of us frequently marvel at "the power of nature," but it is often a concept that can feel rather distant from our day-to-day lives.

    Then, an attraction we know, a place we've visited a few times with our kids and out-of-towners, encounters that power, following a deluge of rain. Then? A video goes viral, showing the epic amount of water and debris that led to a road washing out.

    The place we're talking about here, of course, is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the famous desert-to-mountain conveyance that rotates as it whisks riders up, thousands of feet, in a matter of a few thrilling minutes.

    On Feb. 14, 2019, another sort of dramatic moment happened, however, on the road up to the tram: A sizable section of asphalt experienced a swift wash-out, prompting the attraction to shutter.

    Watch: Flash Flood at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    [LA] Watch: Flash Flood at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    Poles and other debris were carried past the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway by floodwaters Feb. 14, 2019.  

    (Published Friday, March 8, 2019)

    Now, following what will ultimately be a 46-day closure, the tram will reopen, as expected early on by officials, on Monday, April 1.

    The attraction confirmed on March 25 that April 1 is the doors-open date.

    "In addition to a section of the road being washed-out over a drainage culvert, a second section of road was also replaced due to subsidence from rain run-off," shared an official tram release.

    Other repairs were also made during the destination's lights-off period, including "minor repairs to the Mountain Station roof" as well as the "removal of rocks and debris from streams, parking lots, and roadways."

    A few other fix-it-up projects occurred at both Mountain Station and Valley Station during the closure.

    The tram had previously been expecting "record attendance" for the fiscal year of 2018-2019, but the attraction is facing "... almost $4 million in repair costs and lost ticket revenues."

    Eager to show your support for this classic Palm Springs experience? Desert X continues, and the Coachella Music and Art Festival is just ahead. Of course, you can visit the desert just to tram-it-up, as so many Southern Californians do.

    Just make time for your tram visit, if you can, on or after April 1, 2019. Tickets? Find them here.

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