January 21, 2022

Room 9 AV

Genuine Travel

Palm Springs Amtrak station was closed all summer, with few noticing

The Palm Springs Amtrak Station was quiet on a recent weekday morning during a three-month closure of the desert depot — no cars in the parking lot, no passengers waiting on the platform, and no Amtrak train in sight. 

Piles of sand were pushed off to the side of the road leading into the parking lot and away from the train platform, in some places as tall as 4 feet high. The station, located on Palm Springs Station Road off North Indian Canyon Drive about a half-mile south of the freeway, is surrounded by open sandy desert. From the train platform, the freeway and a few gas stations along Garnet Road are visible to the north, while south of the station is a wide expanse of sand and windmills.