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El Paso: Home to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Wyler Aerial Tramway

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The Wyler Aerial Tramway is the only one in the entire state of Texas! That’s hard to believe considering the size, nature, and beauty of all there is to see in this great state. Nonetheless, that is the case, and it belongs to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

El Paso: Home to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Wyler Aerial Tramway

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The tramway can be found in Franklin Mountains State Park. It’s complex area measures 196 acres on the eastern side of the park and its gondolas traverse two steel cables, one and three-eighths inches in diameter, and 2,600 feet in length. They carry the gondolas 5,632 feet above sea level and 940 feet above their boarding platform. Each trip runs approximately four minutes, taking riders to Ranger Peak, where they can see three states and two countries when the weather’s clear.

El Paso: Home to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Wyler Aerial Tramway
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Constructed in 1959 by KTSM radio to assist in the building of a transmitter tower, the tramway was first managed by Karl O. Wyler. It was opened to the public as the El Paso Aerial Tramway from 1960-1986, however high liability insurance rates forced its closure, and for approximately ten years, it was only used for servicing the transmitter towers. Wyler, however, willed the tramway to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and in 1997, they accepted the donation. The department renovated the tramway and re-opened it to the public in 2001 under the name Wyler Aerial Tramway. If you’re interested in taking the trip, Texas Parks and Wildlife asks that you call before doing so, should inclement weather or high winds cause the closure of the tramway on your travel date. Their contact number for more information is (915) 566-6622. Those 12 years of age and under cost $4 per ride, and 13 and up can ride for $8.

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