Runs from a lower terminus in the northeast heights to the top of 10,400-foot (3169 m) Sandia Peak east of the city, and is one of the longest and most spectacular aerial tramways in the world. The first upward tram departs at 9AM (except Tu in the off season), and service continues until early evening. The 15-min. ride to the top is incredible, bringing you right up to the rocky face of the Sandias. The view of the city from Sandia Peak is tremendous (especially after sunset), and there is a visitor center at the top. Closed for two weeks in spring and fall for "maintenance," but spring winds are so intense that you really don't want to be on an aerial tram then anyway.
Local New Mexican here! Been on the tram before, it's a nice trip definitely but living here it's something you go on once and it loses it's cool factor. Definitely plan for weather! The ride is awesome but it does occasionally shut down due to high winds. Also, an update, as of early 2017 the only restaurant up there called "High Finances" has since been closed, upon arrival at the top there is a small tourist waiting area and occasionally walking trails (also sometimes closed but that's due to fire safety and the fire danger level of the day) if you go in the winter the Ski area could be open. Sets you back about 20 bucks. Pack some food and look at the forecast before and it'll be a blast!
Very important to check the weather. We went later in the day because we were going to eat dinner there. Weather great all day but the minute we arrived they were shutting it down due to winds. Our server at the restaurant said that happens maybe 5% of the time. Santiagos restaurant has decent food and a pretty good view itself.
Amazing! Very cool experience. A must do if you are in Albuquerque. Information needs to be updated. Open 9-9 daily. Cost is $25 per adult, $20.00 for Seniors.
Beautiful views even our toddler enjoyed. So glad we decided to take this detour on our road trip. Must go at sunset, gorgeous view !
I was here in 2012 and the experience was awesome! The view of the city below is awe inspiring. There is a restaurant at the top where you can have a beer to celebrate the adventure. Def worth the time and money.
I love the tramway. I have taken my family several times. Word of advice, skip the restaurant at the top. I think a lot of people get to the top of the mountain and feel obligated to eat at the restaurant (or they made a reservation to save money on tram tickets). When you get to the top, take a 30-45 hike across the ridge. The trail isn't difficult in good weather, the views are great. Worst case scenario, just get drinks in the restaurant bar.
The view from the top is like any other mountain view, but with only the view of the town below. Granted, it was not a clear day, so I think it would be much more beautiful if it were clearer. Personally, I thought looking at the mountain from the ground at a distance at sunset was much more beautiful than the view from the top. Maybe it's not as good in the summer..
Absolutely wonderful views, especially watching the sun set. Fun fact: Was once the world's longest Tramway, but is now pushed down to the number two spot.
A must stop in Albuquerque! Made an unexpected stop here and glad we did. The views on the way up were amazing and once at the top...SNOW! Had a great time and defiantly recommend Sandia Peak!
Great views! I got lucky and showed up just at sunset. You could definitely see the pink in the rocks, hence the name "Sandia", meaning watermelon in Spanish.
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Sandia Peak Tramway
- Tue: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wed: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Thu: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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