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When there is a time crunch, considering a gondola-ride alternative would be an excellent choice to appease a need for jaw-dropping scenic views. The Wyler Aerial Tramway pulls passengers in cable cars to one of the mountain’s look-out peaks in just four minutes. Visitors from all over the world can view two countries and three states as well as 7,000-square miles worth of territory from Ranger Peak. In 1959, a local broadcast pioneer, Carol O. Wyler, built the tramway to service a future transmitter antenna so that he could haul construction materials and workers to the top as he built the platform and tower. After falling in love with the beauty and splendor of the transmitter’s top-of-the world view, he opened it up to public access from 1960 to 1986 while simultaneously servicing his tower until the tramway closed. In 1997 however, the tramway was donated to Texas State Parks and reopened with renovated Swiss-made tram cars. So much can be seen from this vista including White Sands, Sierra Blanca Peak, and one of El Paso’s most notable Texas state parks, Hueco Tanks.