It’s easy to forget you are in Texas when riding up the Wyler Aerial Tramway to the summit of Ranger Peak in El Paso, and from the observation deck, you can see not only Texas, but New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, as well. It’s a definite must do when you visit El Paso!
Know Before You Go
Open Friday – Sunday
Closes during high winds so call before going
Credit cards are accepted.
The road up to the parking lot is steep, and parking is limited. I wouldn’t try to do it if you have an RV or trailer.
Before you board to go up the Tramway, there are pictures of the Tramway throughout the years, and one of the first cars.
Today the cars are much larger, holding about 8 plus an operator. The ride takes just a few minutes to get to the top of Ranger Peak.
The view from the top is breathtaking!
A view of El Paso from the Observation Station at the top! You can see the Rio Grande that seperates Texas from Mexico, and the bridges that cross it. On the Mexico side, you can see the big, red X. La Equis, a 20′ tall sculpture by Mexican artist, Sebastian. It pays tribute to Benito Juarez, the the first indigenous president of Mexico, who changed the spelling from Mejico. To read more about Sebastian, click HERE to visit a wikipedia site on him. I don’t normally link to Wikipedia, but they really had the most information I could find with amazing pictures of his other sculptures around the world.
At the summit of Ranger Peak, there is a trail that takes loops around the mountain, and takes you back down the mountain. It’s a strenuous hike up or down the mountain, with lots of loose rocks, so wear shoes with good traction, and take plenty of water.
Things To Do in El Paso
Catch a Chihuahua’s Minor League Baseball game. Click HERE for more information.
We wanted to stay in downtown El Paso, and thanks to a terrific recommendation from El Paso 411 (find them on facebook), we spent a couple nights at the Hotel Indigo, and loved it! A great pool, fun rooms and much more! Click HERE for more information.
Wyler Aerial Tramway
1700 McKinley Ave, El Paso
Click HERE to visit their website.
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