One of my favorite things to do in Albuquerque for a quick change of scenery is taking the Sandia Aerial Tram to the peak of the Sandia Mountains. The tramway takes you on a 2.7 mile journey from the desert floor to the mountain top elevation of 10,378 feet. It’s simply breathtaking and you can see for hundreds of miles since the Albuquerque air is some of the cleanest in the nation. In fact, the brochure says that you have an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of New Mexico! Once you are at the top of Sandia Peak, there are 25 miles of mountain slopes and trails available for hikers, bikers, and skiers.
The High Finance Restaurant and Tavern is located at the top of the tram, so if you want a drink, nibbles, or a meal, they specialize in contemporary American cuisine. I like to sip a margarita while I munch on chips so that I can savor the view for a little bit longer. Don’t forget your camera and a jacket, as it gets cold on top the mountain, no matter what season it may be.
Tram rates are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 62 and over and children. Military with ID are $17 while children 5-12 are $12.