Sunday, September 18, 2016

New Mexico: Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway

 

Whenever we head towards Albuquerque in New Mexico, we always see a huge billboard on the side of the road showing off Sandia Peak Tramway but we never actually visited. 
So one overcast day in September we made plans to go.




The Sandia Peak Tramway is an aerial tramway that takes you up to Sandia Peak, that's from an elevation of 3,100 ft all the way up to 10,000 feet. It's a 15 minute ride going up riding tram cars that can ride up to 50 persons, I was paying attention the the tour guide and these information I remember her saying. Each tramcar costs approxiately 1 million USD! 

There are two towers supporting the tram, all I remember her saying about the second tower is that it took 500 helicopter trips to actually build it.



A litle more information about what's at the bottom of the tram way before we talk about what is up on the peak. On the bottom, you will see a ski museum, a restaurant (Sandiago Mexican grill) and a gift shop. Of course the ticketing office is also there. An adult ticket will cost $25 and children from 5 to 12 is $15. Kids under 5 are free. There's an approximate wait of about 15 minutes before you can get on the tram car. This tram system is the first longest of it's kind and the third longest span in the world and longest in the United States. It's a jigback system meaning while one car is ascending, the other is descending. The ride up to the peak takes 15 minutes.



Now to the peak. Located above is a little museum showing off some facts of Sandia peak, there's also a restaurant (High Finance restaurant). There are a few view decks scattered around where you can take in the beauty of the mountain and it's surrounding beauty. There is also a ski deck where during winter you can go skiing, it was closed when we were there though. 

We really did enjoy the beauty and feeling of being up at the peak. They were right when they said that it will be a little bit colder at the peak compared to when you're at the bottom. It was really windy too, riding on the tram car, you can actually hear the howl of the wind blowing through the car's windows.


Hanging out at the top

The view from above

These steps lead you to and from the ski lifts

Riding over Cibola National Forest


15 minute wait per tram ride and another 15 minutes to go up to 10,000 feet

Jigback system, when one tram is ascending, another one is descending.

Be extra careful during the snow

Scary!


Sandia Peak


This is what it looks like being almost at the top! Beautiful!



Sandia Peak is indeed a very beautiful place to go to. Nature lovers will definitely love it here. I can't wait till winter to come back here and try skiing for the first time!

I will definitely blog ablout my first time skiing when that happens, wish me luck!



Love, Joy


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