Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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With 2.7 miles in horizontal length, the Sandia Peak Tramway is officially the world’s longest passenger tramway. Launching from the Lower Terminal at 6,559 feet and rising to the Upper Terminal at 10,378 feet, the tramway rises a total of 3,819 feet with the support of just two towers. This means that in addition to being the world’s longest passenger tramway, Sandia Peak also has one of the longest clear spans: the distance between Tower 2 and the Upper Terminal is 1.5 miles. This impressive engineering feat is rightfully one of the most visited attractions in Albuquerque, and the tramway attracts more than 250,000 passengers each year.

Located in the Cibola National Forest, the Sandia Peak Tramway was constructed from 1964 to1966 for a total cost of $2 million. This included 5,000 helicopter trips needed to construct Tower 2 (the higher tower) and install the cabling. To ensure your safety, the hefty tramway track ropes weigh 52 tons and are about 1.5 inches in diameter. To keep things moving at a normal speed of 13.6 miles per hour, this double reversible passenger aerial tramway is driven by a 600-horsepower electric motor.

While the terminals and towers are still original, new tram cars were added for the 20th anniversary in 1986. And yes, that means the Sandia Peak Tramway is now more than 50 years old. These new tram cars each have a capacity of 10,000 pounds or 50 passengers. They’ll take you each length of your trip in 14 minutes, and you have the option to spend as much time as you’d like at the top, whether you’d like to do a quick round-trip visit or stay up high and enjoy multiple hiking trails from the Upper Terminal.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Panoramic views. Trail access.

Cons

Can be pricey for the family to ride.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Features

ADA accessible
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Covered picnic areas
Potable water
Picnic tables
Historically significant
Shelters
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Wildlife

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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