If you're afraid of heights, this may not be the post for you...because the Sandia Peak Tramway is The Longest Tramway in the World!
When I met my husband, Chris, I was fascinated by the fact that he was from New Mexico. I know, I know, I am easily excitable. My family didn't really travel while I was growing up, so I had never been to the desert and constantly questioned him about his life back home. "Are there trees?" "Does it ever rain?" "Do cactus grow everywhere?" "Are there rattlesnakes everywhere?"
You can imagine how easily he fell in love with me, right? I was such a charmer.
Chris used to tell me about the Sandia Mountain range near his hometown of Edgewood, and the Sandia Peak Tramway, the longest tramway in the world that offers a 11,000 square mile panoramic bird's eye view of Cibola National Forest.
He told me that you could take the ariel tramway all the way to the top of the Sandia Mountains and get out and walk around, and that there was a fancy restaurant at the very top. On our first trip to New Mexico as a family, we took the Sandia Tramway up...and I promptly freaked out.
My photos back then were taken with a little disposable camera, so I won't be sharing them with you guys. This was back in 2001 and let's just say that my photography gear has improved quite a bit since then!
The entrance to the Sandia Tram is at the base of the mountain in the Cibola National Forest, right outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This aerial tramway offers a 11,000 square mile panoramic bird's eye view of Cibola National Forest as well as the city of Albuquerque itself.
How much do tram tickets cost for the Sandia Peak Tramway?
Tram tickets for this aerial tramway cost $20.00 for adults to take the Sandia Peak Tramway to the top of the Sandia Mountains, or $17 for teenagers and $12 for kids. If you'd like to hike through Cibola National Forest, you can buy a one-way Sandia Peak Tramway ticket for $12, and either hike up or hike down.
During the winter, you can also take the Sandia Peak Tramway UP the mountain, and then jump on the Sandia Peak Skilift and ski your way down. The Sandia Peak Skilift ends on the other side of the forest, near Cedar Crest, and you'll need a car to pick you up and take you home.
As you climb to the top of Sandia Peak, your tram operator will tell you about the four different ecological zones and which trees grow in each one.
You might even get lucky and see a bit of wildlife during your trip - we saw a doe with two fawns!
Check out Landscape seen from the Sandia Peak Tramway over Cibola National Forest in Albuquerque New Mexico!
Once you're at the top of Sandia Peak, you can play in the snow if you're visiting during the winter...
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Or simply admire the view...
10.387 feet up.
Chris says that this is his favorite place in Albuquerque and I can see why. The view is amazing, and it makes for the perfect photo op! You can also enjoy a cocktail, lunch or dinner at the only restaurant up there, High Finance. Prices are fair and the food is delicious!
You can find out more about the Sandia Peak Tramway at SandiaPeak.com.
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