At 5,632 feet, it’s the highest spot in El Paso where you can take a seat and enjoy the view of 7,000 square miles encompassing three states and two nations.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway, located in the central part of town at 1700 McKinley, has been an El Paso gem since 1959 when it was originally built to transport engineers that were constructing a transmission tower at the time. It’s named after Karl O. Wyler, who donated the land and infrastructure to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department when he died.
Today, the two gondolas have been upgraded to transport spectators via a 2,600 foot long, 1 3/8 inch diameter steel cable. Hold on for the four-minute ride, as you look out one of the windows of the gondola that take you over the amazing sights and scenery of the Franklin Mountains. Some areas are as deep as 240 feet.
At the top, or Ranger Peak as it’s named, is an observation deck with a 360-degree view that covers Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. Guests can also use the pay-per-view telescopes to zoom into different areas. Pack some lunch and enjoy it on one of the benches located on Ranger Peak. There is no time limit on how long you can stay up there, however, capacity is often reached and guests will have to wait at the bottom before being allowed to hop on the ride to the top. While you wait at the bottom, you can learn about the history of the park and check out views of the city from 4,692 feet, as well as observe the gondolas while they go up and down transporting other people.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 12pm to 7pm, and Sundays 10am to 5pm, they are closed all other days. A trip to the top is $8 per people 13 and over and $4 for 12 and under. Guests should call (915) 566-6622 before going to check on weather conditions and availability.
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