The Wyler Aerial Tramway will celebrate 17 years as a state park on Saturday, but it’s been offering visitors one of the best views in Texas for decades.
Texas’ only publicly accessible tramway remains an underused wonder of the Borderland. Saturday’s celebration, which also will help inform area residents of the tramway’s attractions, will include food trucks, entertainment and guided hikes.
From the top, at 5,632 feet above sea level, visitors can get a clear view of two countries and three states. Rocky clusters of mountains are the only things breaking up the endless horizon.
Diana Moy, park interpreter at the tramway, said the park gets about 45,000 visitors per year — with about 80 percent to 90 percent coming from out of town.
“We want to increase the community awareness of the park. Because it was closed for 15 years, some people think it’s still closed,” Moy said.
The tramway was built in 1959 to haul building supplies up the mountain during the construction of a radio transmitter antenna.
Sanchez, Sara. “Wyler Aerial Tramway to Celebrate 17 Years as a State Park Saturday.” El Paso Times, El Paso Times, 15 Mar. 2018,