Sandia Peak, Albuquerque

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    View of mountain from Bernalillo
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    View of SAndia at 10 miles west
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    Sandia at 20 miles west
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    Sandia Crest

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 4, 2003
    (Mark Jochim, May 1994)

    There are a number of foot trails along the rim; you can hike about a mile south to reach the Tram Terminal. Anywhere on the top of the mountain has a great view; I enjoy watching the sunset from the Crest.

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    Sandia Crest

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 4, 2003

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    (Mark Jochim, May 1994)

    The highway ends at a large parking lot just below the Crest. Just to the north is the Sandia Crest Gift Shop and Restaurant where you can load up on souvenirs and a limited menu of hamburgers, hot dogs, and the like. Walk up some stairs to check out the great views down to Albuquerque.

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    Driving to Sandia Crest

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 4, 2003

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    (Mark Jochim, May 1994)

    A great drive is to the 10,68-foot summit of Sandia Crest on the east side of Albuquerque. Drive east out of the city on Interstate 40 to the Cedar Crest exit; go north about five miles to the Sandia Crest turnoff (a left turn). NM Highway 536 is one of America's 55 National Scenic Byways; it ascends through the Cibola National Forest.

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    Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

    by MarkJochim Updated Apr 2, 2003

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    Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway (Mark Jochim 5/29/93)

    The Sandia Peak Tramway - the world's longest, extending 2.7 miles to the summit of 10,360-foot Sandia Peak in northeastern Albuquerque. It's really nice to make the trip to the top in late afternoon and then watch the sunset from the mountain. The (very expensive) High Finance Restaurant is just north of the upper tram terminal; a nice place to have a cold drink.

    OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, 9-9; Sep.-May, 9-8
    ADMISSION: $15 round-trip

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    Hiking in the Sandia Mountains

    by MarkJochim Updated Mar 28, 2003

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    North of the Tram Terminal (Astrid Nathan 5/29/93)

    The Sandia Mountains have numerous opportunities for hiking and rock-climbing. There are dozens of trails from the Northeast Heights area of Albuquerque that lead to the ridge; it's possible to hike to the peak and take the Tram down or vice versa. Other trails exist along the eastern slopes and some even run along the ridge to connect with more trails in the Manzano Mountain Range - south of Tijeras Canyon and I-40.

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    Ski Area.

    by MarkJochim Written Mar 26, 2003
    (Mark Jochim 5/29/93)

    The Sandia Peak Ski Area lies on the eastern slope of the mountain. The top of the 7,500-foot double chair lift is just below the upper terminal of the Tramway. To get to the Ski Area, you can either take the Tramway and walk down the stairs to the chair lift, or take the very scenic drive from the east side of the Peak.

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  • Sandia Peak Tramway

    by dacrites Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    Tramway photo from Sandia Peak website

    The world's longest tramway, rising to the top of Sandia Peak. Great panaromic view, and opportunity for seeing wildlife. There's a gift shop and 2 restaurants located at the top, plus hiking trails into the Cibola National Forest. Skiing is also available.
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    The tramway length is 2.7 miles; it rises 3,819 ft.; it's approximately a 15-20 minute ride from the base to the top of Sandia Peak, which is 10,378 feet.

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  • Take the tram to the top of...

    by Movinsoon Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Take the tram to the top of Sandia Peak.
    Visit during the balloon fiesta in October.
    Go for a hike!
    The tram has a great view and is an awesome ride.

    The balloon fiesta is in a word....magnificent.

    There are wonderful places and parks to hike in with trails for almost every ability level. The weather is wonderful just about year round.

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  • Ride the Tram up to the top of...

    by Marti_Reed Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Ride the Tram up to the top of Sandia Mountain. You'll see Albuquerque spread up and down the Rio Grande valley, as far west as Mount Taylor, and up north into the Jemez Mountains. Great view. The restaurant is good. Hike a mile and a half to Sandi Peak where there are a zillion TV and radio towers. Or ski in the winter.
    The view of the Rio Grande Rift. The river didn't cut the valley, it's a huge fault rift, where North America is splitting. Some day in the future it will be an inland sea. Everything you see from Sandia Peak has been caused by the rift.

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    Entrance to Sandia Peak

    by Ken_Weaver Written Jun 28, 2005

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    Entrance to Park

    I hesitated several weeks before going to Sandia Peak. I had imagined that it was was overrated but I so found out that I was sooo wrong.

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    Sandia Peak Tramway

    by JamesABQ Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Sandia Peak Tram

    The Tramway, one of the longest in the world, ascends 10,300 feet (over 2 miles) into the air. Giving you breathtaking views of the city and sunsets over the Rio Grande valley.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Mountain Climbing

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    Sandia Mountain

    by Jim_Eliason Written Oct 18, 2003

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    Sandia Mountain

    Sandia Mountain defines the landscape of Albuquerque, towering over it. Cable car rides are avaiable to the top.

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    Great View.

    by MarkJochim Written Mar 26, 2003
    Looking west (Mark Jochim 5/29/93)

    View from the Peak - Albuquerque and beyond. You can see the Rio Grande running across the center of the photo.

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