Sandia Peak Tramway
Sandia Peak Tramway
4.5
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Ride to new heights on North America's longest aerial tram ride. Sandia Peak Tram takes visitors 2.7 miles or 10,378 ft up the Sandia Mountains. Breath in the fresh mountain air and enjoy breathtaking views of over 11,000 square miles of New Mexico.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Rob S
    Boise, Idaho735 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ride, better views
    If it weren’t for other riders I would have given it a 10. We enjoyed the ride except for other people who kept pushing around and sticking their phones in front of your face to shoot videos and pictures. Why yes, your social media post is more important than my experience. Enjoy the moment in person instead of viewing everything through your phone people.
    Rob, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review on your experience. We are glad you enjoyed the ride. We apologize there were other distractions while you were trying to enjoy the ride. We hope you can come back and enjoy the tram with us in a slower time of year.
    Written June 1, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Written May 23, 2023
  • Karen F
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views & fascinating area history
    Incredible experience with spectacular views! We were fortunate to see 5 hang gliders take off from the top. The tram experience was enhanced dramatically by our gondola guide, Cowboy Mike. He’s a gifted storyteller who wove in tales of Albuquerque’s ties to Queen Isabella, Tiffany’s, Hilton Hotels, Bill Gates, and President Reagan.
    Thank you for your review! Great to hear you had an incredible experience with us! It is always an exciting sight to see paragliders and hang gliders taking off from the top. We hope you come back to enjoy another tram ride soon!
    Written June 1, 2023
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    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • Julia M
    London, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early and take water and layers. Worth the trip
    Really easy to book online and we got there early for our 9-11 slot and walked straight on. We came down at 11:30 and the queues were starting to build but it is worth the wait. The tramway takes about 15 minutes and covers 2.4 miles taking you up to 10,300 feet. There are amazing trails which are relatively easy to walk and it has amazing views of Albuquerque. Make sure you take plenty of layers it gets windy and the temperature can be significantly lower than at the bottom. We went early June on a Sunday and I am sure it gets busy but we loved the silence and peace
    Thank you for your review! It is always a great idea to bring layers as the weather can change quickly in the mountains. Glad you got to experience the silence and peace of the tram. During this time of year, we begin to pick up as the weather gets warmer out. We hope you can visit again soon, thank you for your business!
    Written June 6, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • l0vemyt0wn
    81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A worthwhile trip
    Purchase your tickets a day or two in advance, online and then plan to wear layers while keeping yourself well hydrated for those few days. The ride up is gorgeous. Our tram director was fantastic. He explained the ecosystems we were traveling over and helped ease the fear that a few passengers seemed to have about the 2.7 mile ride up. At the top, drink more water. There are several trails to choose from. We spent a good amount of time birdwatching on the backside (near the ski lift area.) Western Tanagers are in abundance and are simply gorgeous birds, along with many others. There’s a restaurant, but we didn’t go. We watched a (fellow) East coaster get altitude sickness, unfortunately. He had no water bottle, but we’d seen him on the trails. Plan wisely and it’s a fabulous trip up (and down.) We spent about 3 hours up top, hiking, birdwatching and enjoying the incredible views.
    We appreciate your feedback on your experience with us! It is always a great idea to stay extra hydrated at the top as you are at the altitude of 10,378ft. We hope you come back to visit us again!
    Written June 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Kelsey P
    San Rafael, California117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views and fun ride
    Very cool experience and a must-do in Albuquerque! We went for the sunset and walked right onto the tram going up. Beautiful views and a lovely sunset - but do bring a coat. On the way down we had to wait about 45 mins so also bring your patience. We had the same operator up and down and she was Very Funny. Highly recommend!
    We appreciate your 5 star review! We are glad you had a cool experience riding the tram! It does get chilly up there so brining an extra layer is always a good idea. We hope you come back to visit again soon!
    Written June 16, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 8, 2023
  • Dan R
    Chicago, Illinois47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    By far this was the coolest thing to do in Albuquerque! IT’s fairly priced and the views were just stunning! They only have 2 cable cars which come about every 15 minutes. The ride is about 15 minutes from point to point and was really smooth. There are no seats in the cable car, but there are plenty of poles to grab. There are also several short and long hiking trails at the top which we definitely took advantage of. I would highly recommend!
    Thank you for your 5 star review! Glad to hear you took advantage of the hiking trails up there. Thank you for your recommendation!
    Written June 21, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Phillip P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A peak experience in Albuquerque
    The Sandia Peak Tramway is a “must do” in Albuquerque. It takes you from 6,000 some feet in the city up to 10,300 feet at the crest of the Sandia mountains. The tramway is modern and well run and affords magnificent views on the way up and at the top. Be sure get reservations on-line in advance. If you have the opportunity, be sure to visit the Ten Three restaurant at the top. The ambiance, view and food are all top notch and the prices are reasonable for what you are getting.
    We appreciate your review on your experience visiting the tram! We are glad to hear you got to dine with TEN 3 while visiting. Thank you for your business!
    Written July 10, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Beth S
    South Lake Tahoe, California491 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give yourself enougj time to see both sides of the mountain.
    The website is wrong. The tram only runs later when the restaurant is open. When the restaurant is not open, the tram closes at 8 (at least for our trip). The ride was smooth and the people within our tram were friendly. There is a guide who provides some information about the peaks, sights, and the town below. The view is spectacular from the top and I wish we had more time before we had to return for the last tram of the evening. At the peak, you can see both sides of the mountain. This is a winter ski resort and the terrain is steep.
    Thank you for your review! The tram always runs 9am to 8pm but will keep running till everyone is off the mountain every night. Usually people do not stay up on top of the mountain as long when the restaurant is closed so our last tram down is usually around 8:30pm on the days that the restaurant is closed. Thank you!
    Written August 7, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Thesecretdiner
    Hampshire, United Kingdom136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    WOW
    This is right up there as a must do, the views are absolutely outstanding not only at the top but on the way up as well. The guides in the cable cars are also really friendly and very knowledgeable. You have to book ahead because it does get busy and may not run if the wind picks up but wow its really worth it.
    Thank you for your 5 star review! We appreciate your recommendation and your business with us. We hope you visit again soon!
    Written August 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written August 26, 2023
  • BrooklynRider
    143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive. Enjoyable. But is it worth it?
    This is not a cheap attraction, but it is the only way to the. Ten30 Restaurant. The Tram offers a unique glimpse of the mountain and is worth the ride; yet, it is still a challenge to justify the cost. We thought we ‘d have the fee discounted or even validated and refunded as restaurant customers. The views were stunning. The restaurant top-notch. The same experience can be had driving up to Sandia Crest on the east side of the mountain.
    We appreciate your 4 star review! Glad you enjoyed your time visiting the mountain. We hope you visit again soon!
    Written August 28, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 26, 2023
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Spinerz4
Indian Trail, NC391 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
My sister's, dad and myself were I Roswell for the UFO festival and decided to drive three and a half hours to the Sandia Tram, the pictures and website looked amazing. We purchased our tickets online and picked the 9:00-3:00 time frame for $30 per person. When we got there it was a hour and a half wait. The only have two trams running and it holds 48 people each. It was hot waiting in this long line. Once we got on the crowded tram, it was a 15 minute trip to and from the top of the mountain. At the top of the mountain the view was nice but not for how long we had to wait to get up there. The staff that worked loading and checking your tickets were rude. The gentleman that guarded the entrance to go up to the tram acted like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings (No one shall pass!) But you have to go through him to even get to the bathroom. There is a restaurant at the top, which is expensive and the food was not good. (But that is for another review.) All in all I wish we had just stayed in Roswell and not waste our day, time and money! If you are closterphobic I really do not recommend, because it is very packed in the tram. The whole experience was very hot and disappointing!
Written July 4, 2021
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Thank you for providing honest feedback. We are working daily to find a new way to help reduce wait times for our guests. I will present this information to our management team to review. Please let us know if you would like follow up regarding this review.
Written July 7, 2021
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,193 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited in October, when there were restrictions in place for Covid, meaning the tramway can't run at full capacity (fewer people on each one). These restrictions are understandable, but in our experience they weren't well-managed. We bought tickets in advance, as required, but they were only for a half-day window. We had read that there would be a line to get up, but the fact that it was more than an hour was a surprise. Those who have dinner reservations are apparently given priority, again understandable, but there was little information given to those of us waiting in line.

We had hoped to make it to the top to see the sunset, but it was dark by the time we reached, and given that there really wasn't much to do up top, especially since it was freezing. And to make matters worse, the wait to return down was more than 2 hours! With nowhere to go inside, as we didn't have restaurant reservations and the tramway building was used for staging groups of people to go down.

Overall we ended up sorry that we had even bothered or paid for tickets. I understand that capacity is required to be limited, but in that case they should sell fewer tickets or put tighter windows on them to reduce lines. It appears that the tramway is now closed completely, but once it reopens, make sure you understand what you're getting into it before you buy tickets.
Written November 29, 2020
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Thank you for your candid review. First, we apologize for the delay in responding. You bring up some great points and we are currently working on better ways to sell the tickets to avoid those backlogs.
Written January 14, 2021
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Danielle D
Alexandria, VA1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Was a beautiful ride up and lovely visit to restaurant bar but when we went to leave things went horribly wrong. After 25 minutes and no return tram heading down some of us started asking questions. The few staff up top gave minimal replies about technical issues. After three and half hours and an agitated crowd (including baby, children as well as a woman on oxygen) we still were being told very little. The restaurant remained open to serve us at our cost (restaurant and tramway are not owned by same people). The restaurant staff was kind and thoughtful. We finally went down in a scary ride which literally began with ‘children and elderly first’. The ultimate kicker was management was waiting in the booth behind glass at the bottom. Said not a word. This delay majorly impacted people’s evening plans as we did not get down till 9:30 pm. No refund offered. Management needs to prepare their staff for such situations. I never write bad reviews. This one needs to be said.
Written March 6, 2020
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We are so sorry to hear of this experience. We will look this over as a team and see what areas we can add communication to our guests. We are all owned by the same company and we want our guests to feel a seamless experience. Thank you again for taking the time to write this feedback.
Written March 18, 2020
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MinneGrl
Ramsey, MN46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
I was at Sandia Peak Tramway in mid September and a group of us around 15 went on the tram. It was NOT busy season, but it was on a Friday before we all flew back to our homes and the wait was fairly long.
My suggestion to the staff and owners is that you offer a way to buy specific cars ahead of time online so the lines aren't so long and you can plan your day. Allow a few spaces for people who arrive and didn't pay ahead. This would cut down on lines and wait times. Waiting in line with kids who can't stay still and people with disabilities can be unfomfortable and difficult. There's just got to be a better way to get people up and down the mountain vs waiting hours to get on a tram.
The tram ride itself was a little unfomfortable because we were packed in like sardines, but the views sort of took that away. The sun was setting and it was getting dark by the time we went up the mountain. When we got up there, the sun had just set so it was dark and I didn't feel comfortable walking around since I couldn't see. The restaurant and bar were both packed full and had wait times.
The views of the city at night and sunset are breathtaking. It's just gorgeous. I'm from MN so I didn't mind the cool temps. I spent probably 20 mins up there taking pics. There was nothing else to do so I went back down fairly quickly.
I think the tickets needs to be less, but that's just me. I don't need to do it again in the future, but if it's your first time there, I recommend it.
Written January 17, 2020
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Thank you for coming to enjoy the tram with a group! We always appreciate the feedback and look for ways to incorporate thoughts from our guests in how we do things. Thank you for taking the time to write a review for management to look over.
Written January 24, 2020
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Adamander
Dallas, TX48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This is an excellent way to see the beautiful landscape of New Mexico. The tramway up is breath taking and the attendant aboard was very knowledgeable. They provided us with a lot of interesting information about the geology and history of the mountains. We did a short hike (1 hour) on the top of the mountain which was refreshing and beautiful. We saw the backside of the mountain and it was breathtaking. If you stop at the Albuquerque tourist information booth they’ll give you a coupon for a discounted rate to use the tramway.
Written January 2, 2020
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Thank you for the great details in your review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the views from both sides of the mountain. Safe travels home!
Written January 2, 2020
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Sandia Peak Tramway claims to be North America's longest aerial tram ride, and it definitely feels long! It provides an excellent way to see the mountain views of Albuquerque. You'll need an advance reservation (which you should be able to purchase online the same day) before showing up to the tramway. There was a line to get in to the tram when we visited on the fourth of July weekend, the trams depart every 20 minutes or so. While the tram was slightly crowded, the tram operator was very knowledgeable and extremely funny. Unfortunately forgot his name, but he delieverd a blend of facts and jokes, with some fantastic skill. He made our ride up on the tram very memorable. Not to mention the views while riding up on the tramway - there are majestic mountains on all sides and makes for some stupenduous views when moving up or down on the tramway. They have a number of warning signs about how the weather is around 15-20 degrees cooler above the mountains than at the point where you get on to the tramway, so getting a light jacket would be recommended. The views from the top, after getting off the tram are magnificent as well - there are some opportunities to get some beautiful photographs of the tram cars against the backdrop of the mountains at the top. There was not much wait time to get on the tramway back from the top. There are a number of trails to hike at the top of the mountain, but we didn't explore any. There is a little gift shop at the base which we visited after we came back down on the tram. A visit made memorable by some stunning views of the mesa and mountains, and a tram ride to slowly soak in the majesty of the scenery around Albuquerque. Oh, and also a tram operator who I hope, will scale greater heights (pun intended!)
Written July 23, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a detailed review of your experience while visiting us! I am glad you had an overall great experience. We look forward to you coming back and visiting again soon!
Written July 26, 2022
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Kaylee Reagan
Saint Louis, MO40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Went for the first time this year around sunset and it was beautiful! However due to covid, if you'd like to go, prepare to wait in line for an hour or so as they have to limit the number of people who can ride on a tram at a time. Tickets have to be bought online 24 hours in advance as well. It can be very cold and windy at the top, especially when you go in the evening. The people who work there are very nice and respectful. The 15 min ride to the top was smooth and also beautiful during that golden hour. However if you'd like to spend more time there, I'd recommend going a few hours before sunset as it gets very dark once the sun is down. Definitely worth the trip to the top!
Written November 2, 2020
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Thank yo for taking the time to leave us a great review and good information for our team and future guests to see. Sunset is a magical time at Sandia Peak. We hope you can visit us again soon!
Written November 4, 2020
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Yvonne M
New Orleans, LA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Can't say I loved Albuquerque that much, but Sandia Tramway was well worth the price and time. These tickets can only be purchased online 24 hours in advance. I highly recommend you make reservations to the restaurant at the top ahead of time. It'll help with wait times as its a very busy place. Reserved early evening in October before sunset which was beautiful. The tram ride is longer than you expect and it's pretty fun. The conductor tells a bit of a story with jokes and its definitely entertaining. Views at the top are amazing. Sunset was spectacular. We had a delicious dinner as well.
Written December 18, 2021
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It sounds like you were able to experience it all! I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a 4 star review, Yvonne!
Written December 21, 2021
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RayzPeace
Costa Rica39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
There was a mishap with our boarding pass. The staff went to great lengths to get it fixed in time for us to board the last ascent of the day to view most of the sunset. This trip may take your breath away as you approach what it seems you will bump into on the climb - though you won't! The views from the ascent and at the top are breathtaking, the guide (at least ours) was hysterical when narrating the tour on the way up and it was a treat to make some friends along the way.
Written October 5, 2020
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Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review! We are beyond pleased to see that you enjoyed your visit to the Tram. Come see us again!
Written October 12, 2020
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Saroj M
Naperville, IL36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Very nice experience starting with the tram ride, then the beautiful sunset, followed by an awesome view of Albuquerque at night!!! The restaurant at the top
required reservations which we did not have, so we missed dinner there. We made it up by having some drinks and small plates at the bar. Overall a beautiful experience!!
Written December 31, 2019
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Thank you for coming to ride the tram, snack in the lounge at Ten 3 and enjoy the city lights! Come see us again!
Written January 2, 2020
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