If you don’t like seeing the ground drop away from under your feet, maybe this attraction is not for you. But for most, this is the best thrill ride in the city, a 2.7-mile-long Swiss-made cable system that lifts a little car some 4,000 feet in elevation, to the top of the Sandia Mountains. The ride takes about 15 minutes and can be even more dramatic in breezy weather, when the car sways a bit extra. At the top of the mountain, you can hike along the ridge line a few miles to the forest visitors center and café—it’s better to eat here than at the expensive restaurant where the tram lets you off. As with all high-altitude activities in New Mexico, don’t try this on the first day of your trip—getting whisked straight up to 10,678 feet can make you woozy, if not downright ill.
- Open Hours: Summer - Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM, Autumn - Monday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM, Autumn - Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM, Winter - Monday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM, Winter - Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 08:00 PM
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