Sandia Peak Tramway

Sandia Peak Tramway

Posted on June 22, 2023

Enjoy a breathtakingly scenic trip on North America’s longest aerial tram ride. Just 35 minutes away from Mariposa and Rio Rancho, the iconic Sandia Peak Tramway offers a stunning ride with dramatic elevation gains from the high desert, through interesting granite boulder formations to the majestic pine-topped peak. At the top take time to relax, shop, hike, bird watch or dine at the newly renovated restaurant. This experience is appropriate for all ages and abilities.

About the Sandia Tram

The Sandia Tram takes passengers from 5,000 feet elevation up to the 10,378 ft. crest on top of one of the most beautiful peaks in America. At the top there is an impressive panoramic view of 11,000 square miles.

The tram is open from Wednesday-Monday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and requires an online ticket purchase. The ride is 15 minutes long and is full of breathtaking views and great insight from the informative tram operator. Upon arrival at the top, there are opportunities for hiking, perusing the gift shop, a ski area and dining, all to be enjoyed with the stunning views of the city below.

Hiking and Bird Watching

Once passengers are at the top, they are greeted with over 100 hiking trails. Each one accesses the majesty of the Sandia Mountains. Be sure to buy or bring snacks, water, and warm clothes, as the temperatures at the top are generally 20-30 degrees cooler than the city below. Plan to spend time at the top hiking, taking pictures or bird watching. Another option is to hike up and take a relaxing tram ride down.

TEN 3 Restaurant

Due to the stunning views 10,300 feet above sea level, the newly-remodeled TEN 3 restaurant provides dinners with one of the most incredible dining experiences America has to offer. TEN 3 offers divine appetizers, cocktails and entrees, all to be enjoyed with the backdrop of the mountains.

Sandia Tram Gift Shop

Looking for a perfect piece to remember your trip? The Sandia Tram Gift Shop is the best place to pick up souvenirs, jewelry, and even home decor.

Ski Area

In the winter months the ski area is the place to go for avid adventure seekers. You can explore 25 miles of perfectly groomed slopes and trails all while surrounded by the beckoning beauty of mountain views. The ski area encompasses three chair lifts, two surface lifts, and is great skiing at a family-friendly price.


Looking to host a group outing at the Sandia Tram? Groups of any size are encouraged to ride the tram, and discounted rates are even offered to groups of 20 or more. Whether it be a group for a corporate, tour, educational or private event Sandia Peak Tramway welcomes you.

COVID Safety & Your Visit

There may be extended wait times as the tram is operating at 75% capacity to be in accordance with COVID safety practices. Masks are required inside the tram cars and buildings. The TEN 3 restaurant is open with limited indoor seating. *Continue to check the website for updated procedures.

However you choose to spend your time at the top, the Sandia Tram is sure to provide an unforgettable experience basking in the unique beauty of New Mexico. Enjoy your ride.

Looking for a new home or custom homesite near Albuquerque? Nestled among the foothills of Rio Ranch, Mariposa is a master-planned community 30 minutes north of Albuquerque. Mariposa is designed for living naturally and offers a fully equipped fitness center, resort-style indoor and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts, miles of trails, abundant open space and endless views at the Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains. Learn more at

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