Sandia Peak Tramway
The Sandia Peak Tramway is the longest aerial tram in the world. Enjoyed in both summer and winter, the tram stretches from the edge of Albuquerque to the crestline of the Sandia Mountains.
In Albuquerque, NM
One of our favorite summer and fall sidetracks is the Sandia Peak Tram. When the temperatures soar in the city, escaping to the cooler elevation is really nice. The tram stretches over 2 miles up the front of the Sandias and the views are gorgeous. City meets mountain on the 15 minute ascent and the temperatures drop quickly as you climb. At sunset, the vantage point and pop of color is spectacular. Your view atop the 10k feet Sandia Peak includes the city of Albuquerque, Cibola National Forest, and the Rio Grande Valley floor.
We like to pack a day pack with lunches and find this a fun family friendly day trip the kids always love. There is a restroom and water fountain in the tram house where you board and deboard and a restaurant serves up lunch and dinner daily. You will want to bring sunscreen and plenty of water as you are up at elevation, soaring in the clouds. The weather is always windier and colder than the city, sometimes as much as 30 degrees! Layers are recommended. Bikes and pets are not allowed on the tram. The tram is used in winter for skiers wanting to ski at Sandia Peak Ski Area and skis are allowed. There are steep edges and rocky cliff sides so always use caution, especially with your little ones when visiting Sandia Crest. Good tennis shoes are always recommended. There are many hiking trails at the crest. Trail maps area available from the tram operators. There is also a restaurant at the base of the tram where we have ad drinks and eaten a meal. Albuquerque has amazing sunsets year round. There is a fabulous view deck at the restaurant that gives amazing city views and is always a joy as the sun goes down.