Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway, Albuquerque: Hours, Address, Sandia Peak Tramway Reviews: 4.5/5

Sandia Peak Tramway
4.5
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
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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.
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1-2 hours
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Yvonne M
New Orleans, LA7 contributions
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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DenmanW
Del Norte, CO63 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Myself and a date did this trip on an early Sunday afternoon and had a great time. Do a quick google search and purchase both the tram tickets ($25 each) and the parking ($3) at least a day in advance to save time. Show your receipt to the gate person on the way in and park. There is a tram every 15 minutes and each tram holds up to 45 folks so if you want a particular spot get in line early for the next one. A gift site at the bottom will gladly distract you if you have to wait a while to get in the front of the next line. :D. If you’re claustrophobic you may wish to be near a wall, it gets a bit tight in the middle. The ride is about 14 minutes up and down with a tram attendant that will give you info on the building of the tram line and some history along they way. They’re happy to answer questions as well.

At the top there is a ski area in the winter which looks well used and enjoyed, also a restaurant and some informational signage. A deck is there for taking in the view and pictures. The restaurant also features a bar, so we never need to go without the proper lubrication. The tram runs, when it’s not too windy, from 9 AM to 10 PM in the winter and I imagine a late afternoon ride up with dinner while watching the sunset and the city lights come on would be delightful.

I found the fee for the tram well worth the price. This is an engineering feat and looks extremely well maintained. In the summer it would be fun to take the tram one way and hike the other, much of the land is wilderness and beautiful, just make sure the 10,000 elevation at the top is something you are capable of. skis and snowboards are welcome on the tram as is your hiking gear, like a backpack and such. Mountain bikes are not allowed, I find this just a touch disappointing though it may be that the trail down is impassable for such. Probably more likely that there’s just no good system in place for something that takes up as much real estate as a bike and still make an economic business model. In any case, I digress, do this, it’s well worth the cost, the time and as many hours as you’d like to spend at it.
Written January 20, 2020
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We appreciate you coming to visit and we also appreciate you taking the time to share some very important customer information for our future guests to see. Its always great to know that our guests felt it was worth the ticket price. We hope you can come visit us again.
Written January 24, 2020
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Pam W
Louisville, KY54 contributions
Oct 2021
This was a great way to see a long view of Albuquerque. The tram ride was fun but with Covid concerns I felt there are too many people on ride. Masks were required. At the top we were able to be there for sunset which was beautiful. There is a restaurant which we did not try because it requires reservations. We did go to the bar for drinks while we were waiting for sunset and found the service was very slow and prices were very high, about 15-16 dollars per drink.
Written January 10, 2022
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Thank you for leaving us a 5 star review! I am glad you enjoyed the views and was able to catch the sunset from the top. We hope you come back and visit us again!
Written January 11, 2022
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Spinerz4
Indian Trail, NC389 contributions
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, OR1,638 contributions
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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Jessica H
Florida256 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
I cannot say enough bad things about the people who run this operation. It started when I was in line for a tram. I asked if I could get out of line to use the restroom and was told that was fine. When I came back from the restroom, they had boarded the tram and locked me out, and I was told there would be no next tram for an unknown amount of time because there was a wind hold. They kept telling me to get out of line and find somewhere else to wait because I was in the way. I said the last time I did that they left me behind. We were promised updates on the wind hold a number of times, but it took an hour and 45 minutes before anyone told us what the plan was (and after waiting all that time, the plan was “we’re cancelling the rest of the trips for today.”). To add insult on top of insult, they sent up a car full of restaurant staff AFTER the wind hold had been initiated in case the restaurant needed them, but felt they could not send up paying customers because then there would be too many people at the top. The people working there were either rude, condescending or clueless. Don’t waste your time on them. I wish I hadn’t.
Written April 5, 2021
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Jessica, I apologize this was the experience you had with us. This is not how we want our guests to feel after leaving us. I have sent this to the Tram Management team for their review.
Written April 6, 2021
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SarahBNiles
Niles, MI145 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
I typically don't believe bad reviews. I give every place a chance. This attraction does have beautiful views, and is worth it if you are willing to wait in line for hours for it. I thought people were exaggerating about the waits, but it is for real. We purchased tickets for the 11am-1pm slot and still had to wait 2 hours to board. If the attraction is that popular they should really limit ticket sales more.
I also assumed the cramming 50 people into the tram was a silly exaggeration in reviews, but that is true too. Being forced into that uncomfortable of a situation is absurd.
There also is just the restaurant at the top. The menu did not look very family friendly, and to pay that much for the tram to see what you can by hiking up is silly. We travel a lot, so maybe I'm spoiled by better attractions like this, but it was a big disappointment.
*One highlight was that the woman working at the top yelled at everyone in such an exaggerated, crazy manor that it kinda lightened the mood as everyone came together laughing at her insanity. I think she might be former military by the way she berated everyone, but it was certainly a treat.
Written December 27, 2021
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Sarah, thank you for your review. During the Holidays, our wait times can get up to a couple hours but there are times that we have slower days after the holidays. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the views!
Written December 28, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY1,767 contributions
Apr 2022
The Sandia Peak Tramway is still the longest aerial tramway in the world and tops at the elevation of 10,378 feet. The tram takes you up almost 4,000ft. in only 15 mins. From the top you can see 9% of the state of New Mexico and that's of a cloudy day! There is limited seating in the tram cars ~ one bench ~ it is limited to the amount of tickets sold for the trams so even trough it's mostly standing in the tram you will not feel crowded.

It cost $29* for a round way trip ~ if you want to either hike up or down this 4,000ft. mountain you can since they do offer a one way option -from either direction for $18* {(*Adult prices) kids/senior/military $24 round ~ $18 one way}

At the top there is a cool chic restaurant called "Ten 3"- we went up had a single drink (since the altitude makes you feel it x2) and a little snack before going back down to the base where you can also find a store!
Written April 26, 2022
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Colleen, I am so glad to hear you enjoyed your time riding the tram with us! Thank you for your feedback and for your 5 star review. We hope you come back and visit us again soon!
Written April 26, 2022
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rikrax
Overland Park, KS57 contributions
Dec 2019
We went on the Tramway on a clear afternoon to watch the sunset and to have dinner at the top at the Ten3 restaurant. The ride was so nice! It's smooth and it reveals lovely views along the way! We went in late December between Christmas and New Year's day.

I gave it a rating of 4 because the line was so long, it moved so slowly, and we waited almost entirely outside in the cold. When we made reservations for the restaurant (which are necessary) they say to show up 1 hour before the reservation. We probably needed to show up 2 and a half hours before, on that day.

The attendants did walk the line and look for people who had reservations, and move them to the next tram "flight." Even with this advantage, we were late.

It was cold and windy at the top. Be advised that in the winter months (probably fall and spring, too), it's A LOT colder and windier up there! Some folds were not adequately dressed.

The views are fantastic and you definitely should do this if you are in Albuquerque.
Written January 3, 2020
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Great information on the cooler temperatures at the peak. Thank you for taking the time to share this information with us and our future guests.
Written January 24, 2020
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Kaylee Reagan
Saint Louis, MO40 contributions
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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