The landscape of New Mexico is both unique and beautiful. If you want to experience the views of this great state from a different angle, head to Albuquerque for a ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway. This aerial tramway extends from the northeast border of the city to the Sandia Mountains. With an ascension of over 3,800 feet, the Sandia Peak Tramway is truly a wonderful way to take in a new view of New Mexico.
Sandia Peak Tramway History and Details
The Sandia Peak Tramway was engineered and constructed by the Swiss company, Bell Engineering. Due to the rocky terrain and steep incline, this particular tramway was expected to be their most daunting project. Since its opening in the summer of 19666 it’s estimated that it makes about 10,500 trips each year. The Sandia Peak Tramway also contains the third longest clear tramway in the world, with the length between the second tower and the top being 7,720 feet.
Riding on the Sandia Peak Tramway
With tram “flights” departing every 20-30 minutes, the ride to the peak of the mountain lasts about 15 minutes as the car travels an average of 12 miles per hour. Each of the two cars on the tramway can carry up to 50 passengers up and down the mountain. As you travel up the mountain, your view will include the entirety of Albuquerque and almost 11,000 square miles of the countryside.
Activities at the Top of the Sandia Peak Tramway
Once you reach the top of Sandia Peak on the tramway, there are many activities you can partake in. During the summer and fall, there are hiking and mountain biking trails open for use and the Double Eagle Day Lodge, which is the base facility, offers bike rentals as well as access to sand pit volleyball. There is also a cafe at Double Eagle Day Lodge where you can chow down to fuel your adventures. Each Fall, the ABQ International Balloon Fiesta takes place at Sandia Peak as well. In the winter Sandia Peak transforms into a premier ski area with a variety of trails for all skill levels as well as a terrain park for beginner to intermediate skiers or snowboarders who want to try out some tricks. The park includes funboxes, rails, and small jumps for thrill seekers.
When planning your explorations of New Mexico and your ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway, be sure to experience the Select Registry Difference where you stay. The Albuquerque area is home to one fabulous Select Registry property.
Los Pablanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque offers the ideal accommodations for those visiting the area looking for a great New Mexico bed and breakfast. Los Pablanos is a perfect and historical example of essential Santa Fe Style. The Inn’s 20 rooms and suites are complete with classic New Mexican Style, featuring wrought iron fixtures, wood-burning fireplaces, original artwork, carved ceiling beams, hardwood flooring, and antique furnishings. Accompanying the exceptional accommodations, the property is also home to a working organic farm and boasts beautiful gardens as well as an on-site fitness center and pool.
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