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Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park

1700 McKinley

The Wyler Aerial Tramway Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car situated on 195.742 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains.

Activities: Driving the paved road that snakes up the east side of the Franklin Mountains from the intersection of McKinley and Alabama streets is half the fun. The visitor arrives at a parking area that sits at an elevation of 4,692 feet. The view of El Paso, to the east, is magnificent. Here visitors can admire the beauty of cacti gardens or watch the tramway gondolas take off.

Visitors can purchase tickets at the tramway station to ride a gondola that will transport them to the top of Ranger Peak. The Swiss made gondolas travel on a 2,600 feet long, 1 3/8 inch diameter steel cable. While waiting to depart, the visitor can view part of the machinery and mechanism of the system through a window located on the south side of the base station. On the smooth ride to the top, the cabin attendant will describe the different cacti and rock formations along the way. Abundant wildlife, including reptiles, birds and insects, offer exciting viewing opportunities. The 4 minute ride soars above a vast canyon that is 240 feet deep in some places.

From Ranger Peak, 5,632 feet above sea level, the visitor can enjoy the view of 7,000 square miles encompassing three states and two nations. The tramway ride is a memorable experience offering a vista of the vastness and stark beauty of the southwest.

The station at the top provides accessible ramps and paved grounds leading into an observation deck with a 360 degree view. Pay per view high power telescopes enhance the experience.


robert toppi

Friday, June 15, 2018
Very good view from the top (you are able to see 3 states). Even with a small line, plan on waiting about an hour to get into the tram. The ride up is smooth and provides a good view. Disappointing that at the top the small shop was closed so no drinks were available.

Cristian Monarrez

Thursday, July 5, 2018
Great family experience. The rangers were knowledgeable and super friendly. The views are amazing.

Pamela Tomson

Friday, June 8, 2018
Interesting but to hot to handle. The gift ship was closed. The wait in the one to hi up and come down was ok as well. Great views.

Kristie Hurley

Monday, April 2, 2018
Great view from the top. The public can only ride the tram on their weekend hours. The lines can get long. Get there when they open on the weekend. It's a short ride up. You can walk around to see the great views and look in the gift shop. If the weather is good, you can checkin with a park ranger and do some light hiking around.

Anahi Davis

Monday, June 25, 2018
Had a great time hiking up and down the trail. We couldn’t come down the tramway due to high winds, but we really enjoy the hike.

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