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Wyler Aerial Tramway is an aerial tramway that is operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The complex area covers 196 acres (0.79 km2) and located in east side of Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso, Texas, United States. This place offers facilities including the platforms, gift shop, restroom, and the tram itself. Initially this is was built in 1959 by KTSM radio to aid the construction of a transmitter tower. As time goes by after the extensive renovation, at 2001 this area was opened for public and become tour destination. Here you will take around and see the beautiful view of two countries and three states park as well as 7,000-square miles worth of territory from Ranger Peak. While waiting to set out, through a window on the south side of the base station, you can see part of the machinery and mechanism of the system. The gondolas travel on 2,600 feet along, 1 3/8 in diameter steel cable. It takes around four-minutes ride taking you to Ranger Peak and you will be accompanied by a park ranger that also will describe the cacti and rock formations along the way. If you need some challenging activities on your tour, you can hike to the peak through the rock road. It will be a memorable tour for you to see the gorgeous view of surrounding areas of El Paso. Wyler Aerial Tramway only open from Friday through Sunday and this place sometimes closes due to high winds or bad weather. For more information you can contact the Tramway.
Wyler Aerial Tramway Tours
Before you ride the gondola and enjoying the view, the things to do is to see the display of Wyler Aerial Tramway. Surrounding the area, you can find some information and see the historic about that place, the machinery and mechanism of the system. There they display the Second Generation Gondola, the Oldest Tramway Gondola and the equipment of tramway. This will be interesting because you and your friends or family can get new knowledge on your tour.
If you need a challenge on your tour or you want to feel the sensation of hiking on the rock formation, you can join the other hikers or incite your family or friends to hike here. The trail is challenging and the destination is to the Ranger Peak. There you can see great views and an overlook of the B-36 airplane crash site. Before you start to hike please listen first the information and instruction from the peak ranger because you will brave steep terrain and dodge cacti. This should be as the things to do at Wyler Aerial Tramway. Don't forget to use your hiking shoes and carry your hiking stick to help you.
This is the perfect sport to enjoying the view of surrounding area of El Paso. You can see the beautiful view of three states and two countries when the weather clear from 5,632 feet above sea level. The things to do is enjoying the view of sunrise and the sunset from ranger peak, it will be amazing experience of your tour. Many visitors have recognized the beauty of the scenery from the Ranger Peak, now this is your turn to see the beautiful view. Plan your tour and get the amazing experience.
How to Get Tickets?
To visit Wyler Aerial Tramway, it's free for the entrance and to ride the gondola you can get the tickets at the tramway station. The round tour ride is $8 for adult (13 years and older) and $4 for child (12 years and under).
How To Get Around?
To get around there you can by foot or riding bicycle because the area is mostly rock formation.
What Should I Wear?
Choose your outfit that comfortable to the season. You can choose to use shorts, leggings, cotton tees, jacket, cap, sneakers and hiking shoes/boots and if you plan you tour in winter season you can wear base layer, snow jackets and pants, socks, gloves, and headgear.
Best Time to Visit
If want to make a tour plan to visit Wyler Aerial Tramway, I suggest you visit in spring and fall season because it is usually mild season.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, in this area you will find some boar information about all the things that related with the place. The already provide a guide for you if you rides the gondola.
How To Get There?
There is some transportation to get the Wyler Aerial Tramway from the neighborhood cities. If you start your tour from Phoenix it takes 3 hours 1 minute by plane, around 7 to 6 hours by bus, and takes 6 hours and 48 hours by drive. For you that is from San Antonio it takes 3 hours 11 minutes by plane, around 10 to 12 hours by bus, takes 11 hours 47 minutes by train and 9 hours 22 minutes by drive.