Sandia Peak, Albuquerque

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  • View of SAndia at 10 miles west
    View of SAndia at 10 miles west
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    Sandia at 20 miles west
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  • View of mountain from Bernalillo
    View of mountain from Bernalillo
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    Be there for sunset!

    by Bunsch Updated Jun 2, 2011

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    The Sandia Peak Tramway bills itself as the "world's longest" and, for all I know, it may be...from my perspective, it felt like the world's longest wait to get back down once we'd seen the sunset from atop Sandia Peak. But that's just being crabby. Actually, except for the lame jokes our tram operator insisted on telling (the same ones both going up and coming down!), I found the ride up the mountain quite interesting, even exhilarating. The ride down was made in almost total darkness; I'm sure those in the front of the car were able to see the lights of Albuquerque twinkling below, but we were all so crammed in that most people had a view of their neighbors' backs. The trip takes close to 30 minutes, during which you travel 2.7 miles and pass through several different climate zones. At the top, you can visit the Four Seasons Visitor Center, which has a lot of interesting information.

    The peak is 10,378 feet high, so if you get altitude sickness, you might want to reconsider taking the tram up.

    Hiking, skiing and mountain biking are all available from the summit.

    The tram runs from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, except during the fall and winter seasons when the last tram is at 8:00 PM and on Tuesdays when it runs just 5:00-8:00 PM. Adult tickets are $20.00; children aged 5-12 are $12.00 and there is a senior/military/teen rate of $17.00. If you have reservations at High Finance, you are entitled to a discounted ticket.

    Ah, what we were waiting for The tram approaches the base lodge Huge gears turn to make the tram We passed a hang glider on his way down... Pretty steep...and still snowy
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    The Sandia Peak Tramway

    by VeronicaG Updated Oct 18, 2007

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    The Sandia Peak Tramway, scales the Sandia Mountains as it takes visitors nearly three miles to the top on a long line of cables, making it the longest tramway in the world.

    This ride zips to the top in fifteen minutes. Although the tram is convenient for accessing the ski areas in winter, it runs all year round.

    We didn't have time to take this thrilling trip on the tram, but we certainly drove past it enough times on our way to the balloon fiesta, watching it climb to the heights.

    Sandiago's, a Mexican restaurant, offers a scenic dining experience from the top of the peak. We've heard several friends say that the vista spread out before them was fantastic. For hours of operation and rates see website below.

    The Sandia Mountains
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    Sandia Peak Tramway

    by Ken_Weaver Updated Jun 28, 2005

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    The world's longest tramway(cablecar) rises from the desert just outside of Albuquerque to the Sandia Peak at the height of 10, 378ft. The vertical ascent is about 4000 feet and one stretch of the trip is 1.7 miles between towers!.....the longest cable stretch in the world. A rider asked the attendant how high up we were and he responded that " We are 1000 feet up and 7 seconds to down!"

    Oncoming tram near the midway point

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    Sandia Peak Tram

    by Paulie_D Updated Feb 23, 2004

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    Just minutes from the heart of Albuquerque, the world's longest aerial tramway lifts you to the breathtaking top of Sandia Peak.

    Each trip takes approximately 15 minutes (each way) and affords great views on the way up (provided you are by a window).

    Once at the peak, there are walkways (all wheelchair friendly) offering a variety of panoramas.

    Check the website for hours

    Return rides are only $15 although I believe that this is discounted if you have reservations at the High Finance Restauarant at the peak.

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    View From the Top

    by MountainLaurel Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    One of the first things you should do, unless you're scared of heights, is go up to Sandia Crest. You can ride the tram or drive. If you take the tram, beware, it's pricey, but it's a pretty cool ride, and you can look down into Pan Am Canyon and see the remains of the crashed plane that gave the canyon its name. But the drive is nice too and only costs the price of gas (which, okay, is also pretty bad), and $3 per car for parking.

    Long way down
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    Sandia Peak Tramway

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 24, 2003

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    Just before sunset, take the world's longest aerial tramway up to Sandia Peak for great views to the west (and to the east for that matter). If you plan to have dinner at High Finance, the restaurant at the top, it is recommended that you make reservations. You can see the city lights after dinner or during if you get a table next to the windows. It can be cold and windy at the top. You will be going up almost a mile in elevation in a few minutes. Since the rule of thumb is one degree of temperature for each 300 feet of elevation, it may be 17 degrees cooler at the top. You should dress accordingly. Both the tram ($15) and dinner at the top ($30-40) are on the expensive side.

    Top of the Tram
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    Sandia Mountains

    by AlbuqRay Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    The Sandia Mountains lie to the east of Albuquerque. The tallest peak is 10,678 feet above sea level, which is about a mile above Albuquerque itself. Some homes are located in the foothills. You may take the Tramway up the west side or walk the difficult La Luz trail. You may drive up the east side (access from State Highway 14) to the Crest. For a really good website on Sandia hiking trails, try Mike Coltrin's geocaching and Sandia hiking site.

    View of Sandia Mountains in the Winter
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    Sandia Mountains

    by BruceDunning Written May 24, 2013

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    Sandi Mountain range is about 30 miles long to the eat of Albuquerque city and suburbs. It is also 5-7 miles in depth to the east and fronting along Hwy 14 on the other side. Is has some urban hiking trails, and others are longer and more rugged in the wilderness areas. The highest point is 10,678 at the Sandia Crest. There are some other smaller mountains in the range, but they are lesser height. Views are great form many miles distance.

    View of mountain from Bernalillo View of SAndia at 10 miles west Sandia at 20 miles west
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    Hiking in the Sandia Mountains

    by MarkJochim Updated Mar 28, 2003

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    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.

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

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  • Sandia Peak Tramway

    by dacrites Updated Oct 9, 2002

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    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.

    Tramway photo from Sandia Peak website

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    Sandia Mountains

    by illudiumqh36 Written Feb 10, 2005

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    The Sandia Mountains, so called beacuse of the red colour they have in the sunset (sandia is the watermelon!), are a chain whose peak reach the heigth of more than 3000 mt. Located at the east of Albuquerque. It is possible to practice many sports: hiking trails, mountain biking and even skiing. For an exciting ride up or down the mountain to Albuquerque, take the Sandia Peak Tramway, the world longest jig-back tram.

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    Ride Tram to Top of Sandia Mountains

    by supune Updated Sep 30, 2010

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    For $20, you can take the tram to the top of Sandia. The tram operators are funny and will tell you a little history of the tram, the area and wildlife. At the top there's a restaurant and lots of nice hikes. Beware of bears. You can even hike to the top; they said it would take about 6 hours. The tram takes about 15 minutes to take you up about 4,000 feet.

    It's the world’s longest passenger aerial tramway. The views from the top are spectacular and you can see past the edges of Albuquerque. At the top, the environment does not look at all like the desert below. There's lots of plants and trees and wild life. Be careful about leaving trash and food around in consideration of the animals and plants.

    view from the top of Sandia Peak road to the Sandia Peak Tram dual tram system
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    Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

    by MarkJochim Updated Apr 2, 2003

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    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

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

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 4, 2003

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    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.

    (Mark Jochim, May 1994)

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    Sandia Crest

    by MarkJochim Written Apr 4, 2003

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    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.

    (Mark Jochim, May 1994)

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