While my family and I were in Albuquerque last month we had the chance to ride the Sandia Peak Tramway and go on a short hike. I lived in New Mexico for four years but in that time I never rode the Tramway, it was fun do do it with my family for the first time.
It can get crowded inside the Tram if you go during the weekend. We went on a Friday afternoon and it wasn’t too bad. it didn’t feel as crowded as it looks.
It is an enclosed Tram and you are standing the whole time, there are a few chairs inside if you need to sit down.
The view is beautiful.
One thing I love about New Mexico is how quickly the light changes.
When I was in Architecture school I remember sitting outside to draw and having to correct my drawings several times because the light kept changing. That is what I love most about being in Albuquerque, the light. The sky is a blue like no other and when the light hits the Sandia Mountains as the sun goes down they look reddish just like a watermelon, hence the name.
If you are afraid of heights and get anxious riding trams, breathe and don’t look too far ahead. I am not a lover of heights and when I found myself getting anxious I would just bring myself back to the moment and focus on the beauty outside. Plus I was there with my son and I don’t want him to be scared of everything, so I kept that in mind before I expressed my apprehension.
It was a beautiful ride and I am so glad we did it. The structure itself is amazing just looking at the design and how long the cables span took my breath away.
When you get off the Tramway it is a bit cooler since the elevation is higher, so it’s nice to take a jacket if you tend to get cold. There are several trails you can walk from beginner to expert. We did a pretty easy hike since we were with my 8 year old.
As you walk the trail you will come across signs like this one pointing out interesting things to look at.
This handrail makes it easy for most people to get up these steps.
There is a restaurant there in case you get hungry after your hike, the views are great but the food is mediocre. We had a light snack there since my son got hungry and thirsty. There are also vending machines downstairs where the restrooms are if you want to hydrate and forgo eating at a restaurant.
While you are there you might as well visit the New Mexico Ski Museum
Can you imagine skiing with those old wooden skis?
This was the perfect Friday afternoon family activity. For more information on the Tramway visit their website.