The Wyler Aerial Tramway is an aerial tramway located in El Paso, Texas. It is owned and operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It is a part of Franklin Mountains State Park and occupies 196 acres. Guests can experience breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape as they glide through the air.
Guests can experience the Tramway from up to two thousand feet in the air. The Tramway is operated by Texas State Parks and is open on weekends. A ride costs $8 for adults and $4 for children. Upon exiting the Tramway, riders can enjoy a half-mile trail with beautiful views. Visitors can also view the B-36 plane crash site.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway is located at 1700 McKinley Ave., Franklin Mountains State Park. The gondola ride takes approximately four minutes and climbs 940 feet. At the peak, riders can experience 360-degree views of El Paso and the surrounding area. Additionally, there are a gift shop and restrooms. Wheelchair accessibility is available.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway was originally constructed in 1961 but closed for several years due to mounting insurance costs. After the death of its owner, Mr. Wyler in 1997, the facility was sold to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Tramway reopened in October 2018 as the Wyler Aerial Tramway in honor of Mr. Wyler and his family.
The Wyler Aerial Tramway was a 60-year-old tourist attraction and the only one of its kind in Texas. Gliding on 2,400 feet of thick cable, the tramway was a popular attraction for thousands of visitors. However, the facility closed last month due to costly repairs. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hopes to reopen the tramway in the future. This is good news for residents and tourists alike. The Wyler Aerial Tramway will allow visitors to glimpse the surrounding area.