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“Most scenic ride in Albuquerque”

Sandia Peak Tramway
Ranked #1 of 223 things to do in Albuquerque
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Owner description: The world's longest aerial tram ride takes visitors 2.7 miles to the 10,000-foot peak of the Sandia Mountains.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Cedar Crest, New Mexico
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Most scenic ride in Albuquerque”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

The tram starts in the western foothills of the Sandia Mountains (in Albuquerque) & rises up the face of the mountains to an elevation of nearly 11,000 feet above Abq. to Sandia Peak. At the top, a restaurant is an easy walk & the views are sensational in all directions! The trams run all day long so there's no rush. Note that due to the elevation, a jacket feels good even in summertime. And in wintertime, strap on your skis & ski down the backside of Sandia Peak Ski Area. There is also a restaurant at the base of the tram.

Visited August 2012
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53 reviews
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“Ride, Hike and Enjoy”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

The tram ride itself was excellent reaching right up into the clouds. Looking down from the top we could see the city of Albuquerque...a beautiful sight! We hiked along the peak of the mountain which had excellent trails in lush forest and several overlooks where we could stop and view the valleys below. The trails were well marked and reasonable in length.

Visited September 2012
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New Mexico
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5 attraction reviews
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“A "must see" for anyone visiting Albuquerque”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

OK, it's not the cheapest activity in the world, which is why I give it a 4 rather than a 5; that said, it's absolutely worth it, especially if you're an out of towner or you're a local wanting to share a uniquely Albuquerque experience with your guests.

While there are other Trams out there, this is the worlds longest and it's right here in Albuquerque...yup...this is the only place you can take a ride on the worlds longest Tramway. The views are absolutely stunning and change constantly as you ascend...equally impressive are the views once you reach the top; a panorama of the entire Rio Grande Valley awaits you once you arrive at the top.

I personally like the ride the best during late summer where you can watch dozens of scattered monsoonal thunderstorms roam the valley. I also like to plan my trip around sunset...nothing like watching the sun slowly set from the top of the mountain.

Even in summer, it is advisable to bring a jacket...it is much cooler at the top of the mountain and often windy. Spend some time taking in the views and meander about on some easy hikes. There are some longer and more difficult hikes as well if you're so inclined. Stop in for a beer or eats at High Finance...if you intend to eat dinner, reservations are a must. Personally, I prefer Santiago's at the base of the Tram; you still get some pretty spectacular views and IMHO, the food is better and is much more reasonably priced. Reservations are highly recommended for Santiago's as well...without them, you could be in for a very long wait.

Visited August 2012
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89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Excellent views”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

I've been to Albuquerque number of times, but this is the first time I've had the chance to ride the Tramway. I'm sorry it took me this long as it was a great experience. Aside from the breathtaking views and awesome beauty of the area, it is really good for putting the city of Albuquerque into perspective with regard to the Rio Grande Valley and the various mountain ranges in the area. I highly recommend.

Visited August 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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13 attraction reviews
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“Sandia Peak Took My Breath Away!”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

Riding the Tram is a great adventure and I highly recommend that you try it, especially if you want to see the mountains, up close and personal. We rode the tram to meet friends who hiked up the challenging 9 mile La Luz Trail and had a great lunch at the restaurant at the top of the mountain. Unless you take this ride, you might underestimate the depth of these exquisite peaks. Do not miss this ride!

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