Sandia Peak Tramway - Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Grandest Tourist Attraction in Albuquerque
If you like adventure or beautiful scenery, or if you're looking for something to do in Albuquerque, the Sandia Peak Tram has got to be on your short list. For $20, you'll get a ticket (round trip) to ride in a cable car that travels way to the top of Sandia Peak. The mountain scenery is stunning. The tram car can be scary and nerve-wracking, especially if you fear heights. Of course, the drastic change of elevation of 3800+ feet means cooler temperatures at the top. Definitely go.

The tramway reminded me of the Pikes Peak Highway and Cog Railway in Colorado Springs: it's patently "touristy" but still a lot of fun. Visitors will love this. I also think locals should go every once in a while too -- to remind themselves of what a beautiful area of New Mexico they live in. Below are my photos and videos of a visit Jen and I did in June. Good stuff! :)

Sandia Peak Tramway
The tram rides way up here with the city of Albuquerque far in the distance.

Photos, videos and write-up by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Ticket Terminal


June 27, 2015 - I've got to admit my first impressions at the lower tram terminal were not positive. There is a tacky $1 fee to park. Inside, there was a zoo of people. It felt like a busy bus station or airport. (That's just a warning in case you are really uncomfortable around crowds or claustrophobic.)

Jen and I had all afternoon and we stayed patient. Once we got on the tram, everything changed for the better. :)

Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque A view of a tram coming in at the lower terminal in northeast Albuquerque.
Tramway Map

Tramway Ticket

A helpful diagram of Sandia Peak. The mountain range is steep and rugged on the west side. On the east, the slopes are gentler with lush forest.

A shot of my Sandia Peak Tramway ticket. :)

Tram in Albuquerque

Rain Drops on Window

At first, the tram can be a little scary especially if you're fearful of heights. :p Soon though, the scenery gets pretty good and you can't help but be in awe of the Sandia Mountains.

Adjacent are two shots. The first is a selfie of me and the tour guide who gave us many interesting facts as we traveled upward. The second includes rain drops on the window. It was raining for parts of our ride up. My video below gives you a good idea.

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Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway

Gorgeous mountain scenery.
Sandia Peak Tram at Top Jen and I at the top. Like my New Mexico zia shirt? :)
Sandia Peak Tram, NM

Sandia Peak Tram, NM

I didn't do the greatest job taking pictures of the upper terminal and scenery. Adjacent are two images from weeks earlier, when I hiked to this point from the other side of the mountain.

Other Sandia Mountain and Albuquerque pages:
  • Sandia Crest Scenic Byway
  • Tree Spring Trail to Sandia Peak
  • Tecolote Peak
  • Cedro Peak
  • Point 6860'
  • Three Sisters Extinct Volcanoes

  • Sandia Peak Tramway

    Sandia Peak Tramway

    Two shots of the tram. So majestic.
    Sandia Peak Ski Slope The Sandia Peak ski area is on the other side of the mountain. There are many mountainous views to the east.
    Steve Garufi New Mexico The Coloradan in me found this sign amusing. :)
    Sandia Peak, NM We hiked a short distance to the north. There are many cliffs and overlooks to take in the scenery.

    Here's an example of one guy enjoying the views.

    s South Sandia Peak, NM We found our own spot to sit and relax. Adjacent is the view to the south. South Sandia Peak is a mountain on my climbing list. Ahhhh!
    Sandia Peak Tramway, NM

    Sandia Peak Tramway

    We saw the tram out in the distance. It looks so small compared to the enormity of the mountains.
    Jen on Sandia Peak

    Sandia Crest, New Mexico

    An excellent shot of Jen with some pretty ding-dang nice New Mexico scenery behind her. :)

    Me enjoying the views as well. Through my iPhone, I posted this directly to Facebook while up there. Not too shabby!


    At a beautiful overlook

    Scenery as we faced south on the tram

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