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Heading  to Sandia Peak
Sandia Peak sits just outside of Albuquerque, and rears up about two miles above sea level. The longest tram in the world will take you right to the top. In acknowledgment of this, the trips are referred to as flights. A ten minute ride, takes the visitor to the top, and to a whole different climate. It is cooler, well forested, and considerably less dry at the top. The $17.50 round trip ticket is more than worth the price. I spent several hours at the top, and regretted having to go back down; but I had things to do and places to go. In the summer, the tram brings tourists to the top, for the view. In the winter, it brings up skiers. There are tram/ski packages, and even year long passes, for people who like to make the top a habit. This was probably the highlight (no pun intended) of my visit to Albuquerque. The ride to the top is 2.7 miles long. A pair of restaurants, as well as park headquarters sit at the top.

The road to Sandia leads out of town, along old Route 66.

Parked at the foot of the hill, in the heat of the day. The tram wires can be seen along the top of the photo.

A look up towards the top, with the first guide tower visible.

A look at the tram, coming down the mountain.

Coming in for a landing.

A look down towards the city, from the height of the tram station.

Passengers waiting to board. A sign over the door indicates the flight number.

Of course, there is a gift shop.

First class passengers ride inside; coach passengers ride on top. Just kidding , of course. The two passengers on top of the car are hang gliders. They ride on top, to be with their gear.

A look back at the station, as we start up.

Inside, the cars are comfortable enough, and our ride is smooth. Our guide advises that these trams will travel in winds of up to 60 mph., though with a considerably more turbulent ride.

One of the hang gliders, on top of the car, stands and takes in the view.

A look back towards the station, and the city of Albuquerque, as we pass the first tower.

A look at the base of the tower. The sign near the bottom indicates that there is no trespassing. It also warns that "survivors will be prosecuted."

The other car heads towards the bottom, pass on our way to the top.

A look way back, towards the tower.

Off to the side, can be seen the mountains rising up from the bowl in which Albuquerque is held.

Looking back now, the tower is no longer visible, though more of Albuquerque shows itself.

Having reached the top, disembarkation permits a look at the top of the car.

Our car heads back down, to pick up another load of passengers, and to take back a few who have spent time at the top.

The passenger loading/unloading station at the top.

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