What Is Geocaching? Find Out This Weekend With The Wyler Aerial Tramway
El Paso's iconic Wyler Aerial Tramway may be closed to the public, but that doesn't mean you can't still have fun with the folks from the tramway. From the tramway Facebook page:
"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. 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 park will be closed until further notice."
This weekend, you can take part in a geocaching event. I didn't know what geocaching was so I had to look it up. Geocaching is done outdoors and you use a GPS receiver or mobile device to basically play hide-and-seek. You hide and look for "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world, or in this case, all over Franklin Mountains State Park.
You will need to call and reserve your space. The even will be held at the Franklin Mountains State Park - Tom Mays unit on Transmountain Road. There is an entrance fee to get into the park. The entrance fee for adults is $5, kids 12 years old and under get in for free. If you are a Texas State Park Pass holder you can also get in for free.
If you need more information or want to sign up for the geocaching event you can call 915-562-9899 or send an email to Diana.Moy@tpwd.texas.gov.