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Sandia Peak

30 Tramway Rd NE, Sandia Heights, New Mexico 87122 USA

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Opens Tue 5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • No Wifi

“World's Longest TramWay”

A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. See some of nature’s more dramatic beauty unfold before you. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque in the Sandia Foothills at the end of Tramway Road. The scenery steals the show on the Sandia Peak Tramway. The Tram, as it is affectionately known, has taken more than 9 million passengers to the top of Sandia Peak and back again, and celebrates its 44th anniversary in May.  Located on the eastern edge of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, the Tram is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Central New Mexico. The tram is open daily from 9am to 9pm weather permitting.  The tram & associated facilities including the Restaurants will remain open during the fire restrictions.  Visitors will be confined to the deck area only at the summit until the restrictions are recinded.

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  • Road Warrior
  • 43 Reviews
  • 38 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

This was a great start to our day! We went early in the morning and it was not busy, so we got right on. Make sure you take a light jacket, because it is cool at the top of the mountain. The tour guide on the tramway was very sweet, she gave us lots of history and neat facts about the area. My son and I do not like heights very much, and she made sure we were doing OK during the trip. Sorry I cannot remember her name!
No bathrooms at the top of the mountain (port a potty), so make sure that you go before you get on the tram!
Had hot chocolate at the restaurant up top, it was good, but a little expensive for what you get. But, if you go to the restaurant for dinner (? after 4:30), you get a discount on your tram pass (have to make reservations ahead of time to get the discount). Don't forget to put sunscreen on if you burn easily! I think most of us had a small burn from the few hours that we spent there. TOTALLY WORTH THE MONEY!

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  • Road Warrior
  • 52 Reviews
  • 53 Helpful
September 05, 2014

Well worth your time and money, we loved this. Especially in the evening, catch the last ride up while it's still light then ride down in the dark and it completely is another feeling!

2 people found this review helpful

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  • 53 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
July 11, 2014
Rated 5.0

This was the most amazing thing I've seen in my life. We went to the parking lot at night and just looked out at Albuquerque. It was just spectacular.

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
March 15, 2014

Talk about a breathtaking experience. After enduring La Luz Trail all the way to the top, I rode the tramway back down. The view is stunning while the trail was strenuous. I parked at the bottom of the tramway taking the connecting trail of Tramway trail to La Luz trail. I went for spring break mid March, the snow and ice made the top 3 miles of the hike VERY dangerous. However, I felt overwhelmingly accomplished when I reached the top. If you plan to attempt the 8 mile La Luz Trail, I recommend leaving early in the morning (no earlier than May) with a good pair of hiking boots, plenty of water & snacks, and cold weather gear just in case. GOOD LUCK! :)

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  • 1 Helpful
June 16, 2015
Rated 5.0

So we actually went to the Sandia Crest Byway (which is in the Cibola National Park, Sandia Park). It was only $3 to park once you drive to the top and very worth it! It beat $20 p/person. The views are just breathtaking and we hiked around. It is right across the Tramway. I highly suggest doing this! Take your jackets because it gets chilly!

1 person found this review helpful

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Joel Schat

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  • 238 Reviews
  • 409 Helpful
September 05, 2014
Rated 5.0

The Sandia peak is a must do in Albuquerque! If you are hard core there is an amazing 9 mile hike from the bottom to the top that you can do and ride the tram back down!

The tram itself is a reason to do the peak! It is an amazing view and there is a solid restaurant at the top!

Highly recommend for amazing photos overlooking the city at night!

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  • 53 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
September 02, 2014
Rated 5.0

I hiked up here on the cool crisp night in Mid July and just watched the city lights sparkle below me. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever experienced.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 10 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
August 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

Loved this. Great view from the top. Went late afternoon and no queue. Others were cold at the top but we never noticed - Scottish blood!!

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2014

GORGEOUS at sunset, and all the staff members were helpful and kind

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  • 4 Helpful
February 24, 2014

This is a must . If time permits make a reservation and have a sunset dinner on top.

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Sandia Peak

30 Tramway Rd NE
Sandia Heights, New Mexico
87122 USA


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  • Tue: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Independent
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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