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Wyler Aerial Tramway

  • 360° view from inside the gondola.
  • 360° view of the highest elevation gift shop in Texas at 5,632 feet.

Things to Do

The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park is on 195.742 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains.

The tramway is currently closed due to safety concerns. TPWD is working with local partners to determine the tramway’s future. Learn more on the Tramway Study page.

Park grounds are only open for guided programs; check our Events page for the schedule.

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. You’ll arrive at a parking area that sits at an elevation of 4,692 feet. The view of El Paso, to the east, is magnificent. Here you can also admire the beauty of cacti gardens.

From Ranger Peak, 5,632 feet above sea level, you’ll see 7,000 square miles encompassing three states and two nations and the vast and stark beauty of the southwest.

Take a virtual tour with our interactive trails map.

Teachers: This is a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site.

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Birding

Birding in the El Paso area will take one into and through the Franklin Mountains and the Hueco Tanks State Historic Site. The natural flyway that is the El Paso area brings a large variety of bird species to the area.

Local groups are taking advantage of this natural flyway by rehabilitating the remains of local bosques (wetlands), adding to the available bird habitat in the area. The local Audubon Society has created an excellent birding area known as Feather Lakes.

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Wyler Aerial Tramway Survey


1700 McKinley
El Paso, TX 79930

Latitude: 31.809390

Longitude: -106.478426

(915) 566-6622

Entrance Fees
  • No entrance fee: Free
Hours

Access to the park is currently only allowed during guided programs; check our calendar for upcoming events.

Other Notes

Vehicle access:

Vehicles over 28 feet long cannot use the Tramway road, as it is steep and winding and has switchbacks.


Pets:

Leashed pets are welcome in the park, but they cannot be left unattended.

Peak Season

Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends and other holidays.

Climate

Winter temperatures range from 32 degrees to 60 degrees. Summer temperatures range from 68 degrees to 95 degrees. Spring and fall are usually mild seasons with sunny days and cool nights. Average rainfall ranges from 7 inches to 10 inches, with thunderstorm activity peaking during July and August.

National Weather Service forecast for this area
Elevation

4,692 to 5,632 feet

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