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Wyler Aerial Tramway Closed to the Public Until Further Notice

After nearly six decades in operation, including many years as the only public tram in Texas, the Wyler Aerial Tramway  at Franklin Mountains State Park is closed until further notice.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), which has operated the tram for the past 19 years, made the decision to suspend operations following an engineering analysis conducted as part of a deferred maintenance project that was planned to begin later this fall.

Via a news release, TPWD officials shared, “Despite passing annual inspections, the latest analysis concluded the tram has surpassed its life expectancy and is no longer suited for public use. Out of an abundance of caution, TPWD has closed the tramway while it considers its options.”

The Wyler Aerial Tramway was originally designed to provide maintenance access for television transmission towers in the Franklin Mountains until it was donated to TPWD in 1997.

The department re-opened it to the public in 2001 following extensive renovation.

The construction of the tram predates the establishment of national tramway standards and, despite its clean record and successful annual inspections, the engineering review conducted this summer recommends that the tramway be updated to meet today’s standards, which would require a complete overhaul of the tramway.

Replacement of the tram is estimated to cost millions of dollars. TPWD does not have the financial resources to execute a capital construction project of this size at this time.

Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features two aerial cable cars that travel over the jagged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains to Ranger Peak.

From the summit, about 45,000 visitors per year experience a 360-degree view of two countries and three states.

Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park Arts in the Parks Workshop Series

Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park is hosting a series of three art workshops during the month of April.

A photography workshop will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 15, at the park. The following weekend, an acrylic painting class will take place at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

A watercolor workshop will be hosted the following Saturday, April 29, at 8:30 a.m.

Wyler Aerial Tramway officials say, “This is a unique opportunity to visit the park and see what Wyler Aerial Tramway has to offer while enjoying the outdoors.”

Workshops are free to the public but RSVP for the event is required. As part of the workshops there will be an exhibit at the International Museum of Art in El Paso from Saturday, May 6, to Sunday, May 21.

To reserve a spot for these workshops, contact Wyler Aerial Tramway at 915-562-9899.

Wyler Aerial Tramway Celebrates 16 Year Anniversary of Reopening

Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park is celebrating its 16 year anniversary since its reopening and the public is invited to join the festivities Saturday, March 18, noon to 4 p.m.

Park visitors will be able to partake in interpretive tours, win door prizes, visit several educational exhibits and local food vendors, and enjoy live entertainment. The event is free and tramway rides are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

The Wyler Aerial Tramway first opened to the public in 1960 as El Paso Aerial Tramway. Fifteen years later it was established as a Texas State Park and reopened in 2001 as Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park.

The park features gondola rides, hiking trails and a 360-degree panoramic view of some 7,000 square miles covering two countries and three states.

Parking for the event will be at Bien Vivir Senior Services, 2300 McKinley Ave., El Paso. Roundtrip shuttle services will transport visitors to and from the parking area.

Regular park hours are Friday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the site, contact Wyler Aerial Tramway at 915-562-9899.

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