Sandia Peak

Albuquerque, New Mexico

based on 2 reviews


Elevation Gain

10378 ft

Route Type



Added by Nick Garcia

Ride on the longest aerial tram in the United States and third longest in the world!

Start at the Sandia Mountain base terminal where you can purchase your tickets to ride the tram (Tip: If you make reservations at the peaks restaurant, High Finance, you can get a discount on your ticket). Enjoy the 15 minute ride to the peak while taking in beautiful city views of Albuquerque as well as the valley directly below the tram. Prepare yourself for the "Dip & Swing" as you cross the two different towers on your ascent.

Once you arrive to the peak, take advantage of the scenic overlook to the left of the terminal which helps you locate many points of interests Albuquerque and the surrounding area has to offer. Next, grab a bite to eat at High Finance or just explore some of the various trails that cut through the Sandia Peak. 

*During the Winter you can ski the East side of the mountain, which has lifts that run on the weekends.

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Family Friendly
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Sandia Peak Reviews

Amazing trip will definitely be back to hike more. Weather was beautiful, however once you get to the top of the mountain there are a LOT of nats so bring bug spray! On a good note, there is a restaurant and bar on top of the mountain. I could not get in, that is something you are definitely going to need a reservation for. It did look absolutely delicious though! Have not been up there to hit the slopes yet but will be definitely be there some time again this year for that. I hiked a little while there and it was beautiful, your basically on the side of the mountain. Can’t wait to get back out there. Also, a fun experience to the top is the tramway, and I definitely recommend doing that at least once.

If you do not have time to do the full hike to the top the tramway is a great alternative (and faster). The tram sometimes shuts down if it's too windy, but it operates every season. The view from the top is absolutely beautiful and there are a few shorter trails around the tram so you can see Albuquerque from one side and the ski resort from the other.

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