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North Palm Springs, CA (PSN)

Long known for its mineral springs, the city became a fashionable hideaway for Hollywood stars, many of whom constructed the mid-century modern houses that now define the community.


Station Facts

North Palm Springs, CA Station Photo

North Palm Springs, California

North Indian Canyon Drive and Palm Springs Station Road 0.6 mi /1.0 km south of I-10 Palm Springs, CA 92262

Annual Station Revenue (2013)
$379,938
Annual Station Ridership (2013)
3,113

Ownerships

Facility Ownership City of Palm Springs
Parking Lot Ownership City of Palm Springs
Platform Ownership Union Pacific Railroad
Track Ownership Union Pacific Railroad

Features

10 Short Term Parking Spaces Accessible Platform Dedicated Parking

Routes Served

  • Sunset Limited
  • Texas Eagle

Contact

Jonathan Hutchison
Regional Contact
governmentaffairsoak@amtrak.com
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).

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Station History

Amtrak added Palm Springs to the Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle schedule in June 1997. The station, located about eight miles north of downtown, was built by the city two years later and consists of a shelter whose design echoes the colors and forms of the nearby desert. Attractive native vegetation surrounds it, adding a soft texture that contrasts with the structure’s bold forms.

Palm Springs has had a number of stations over the years located in various quadrants of the metropolitan area. In the late 1930s, Southern Pacific built a handsome Spanish Colonial Revival style building in West Palm Springs. With a red tiled roof and large arched windows, at one time it welcomed daily trains carrying Hollywood stars, sun worshippers and residents. Known as “America’s Winter Playground,” Palm Springs is famous for its average 354 days of sun per year. Trains of the railroads’ golden era that stopped in Palm Springs included the Golden State, Super Chief and City of Los Angeles.

Still known today for its Hollywood connections, Palm Springs had much humbler beginnings, yet always had one very popular feature: water, particularly mineral springs. Cahuilla Indians called the area “Se-Khi” (boiling water); early 19th century Spanish explorers bestowed the name “Agua Caliente” (hot water); and U.S. government surveyors in the 1850s noted the spring and palms that surrounded it, thus giving the town its modern name. In 1877, the federal government granted Southern Pacific title to the odd numbered parcels of land for 10 miles on either side of the tracks; the even parcels went to the Cahuilla Indians and became part of the Aguas Calientes reservation.

The 1920s brought Hollywood glamour as the area became a popular spot for the filming of movies. By the 1950s, the town’s experimental mid-twentieth century Modernist architecture, marked by its extensive use of glass, deep, shady overhangs, and the idea of fluid indoor/outdoor spaces provided the town with a very distinct aesthetic, which is today enjoying a great popular revival.

If the heat ever gets to be too much, visitors and residents know to take a trip on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which travels more than 2 miles up a steep incline into the surrounding mountains. Aside from the amazing view of the Coachella Valley, the change in altitude can also result in a 30 degree temperature drop.

Amtrak does not provide ticketing or baggage services at this facility. North Palm Springs is served by the tri-weekly Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle (Westbound: Wednesday, Friday, Monday; Eastbound: Monday, Thursday, Saturday).