The Sandia Peak Tramway is a unique tram located in New Mexico. It stretches from the northeast edge of Albuquerque to its terminus at an elevation near 6000 feet on top of the mountain peak with 3rd longest single span. This aerial railway was built between 1965-1967 and has been operational since then, making it one very long-lasting attraction for people visiting or living here. The tramway is a popular attraction for those that want to get up close and personal with their surroundings.
The Sandia Peak Tramway in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a world-class attraction that has been hosting passengers since 1957. It’s known as one of the longest single spans on earth and was recently surpassed by another tramway located near Vancouver, Canada. The tramway at Sandia Peak is an amazing way to enjoy the views of Albuquerque. It’s also one steep hike, with a bridge that stretches over 20 km (12 miles).
The idea for the world’s first ski tram was conceived after an avid balloonist saw how efficient they were in Europe. The Sandia Peak Ski Company was co-founded by Ben Abruzzo and Robert Nordhaus, with inspiration coming from watching other trams while on vacation across the country; this led him to create his own version. After seeing trams during a trip to Europe, founding father Ben Abruzzo had an idea for how he could get up on the mountain faster. He started construction of Sandia Peak Ski Company’s first tram after returning home, and it was finally opened by his son Robert in the 1979-80 season.
Bell Engineering of Lucerne, Switzerland, built the tramway. Starting service on May 7, 1966, with 10500 trips per year, it has been an important mode of transportation in this small city ever since. In 1986 new cars were installed and again recently due to upgrades which increased capacity even more so now people can travel almost 20 km without getting off. In 2016 another batch of brand-new vehicles came onto the tracks making their way down into history as well.
There are many year-round recreational options at the top of Sandia Peak. One such option is TEN 3 (stylized as 10|3), which offers scenic views to the west from its position on the top tram terminal and the outdoor seating area below. Visitors can also enjoy hiking through Forest Service trails that lead into backcountry areas not accessible by road or nearby developed campsites if they want a more remote experience with nature closes up. In addition, the tram terminal is located at an altitude of 5100 feet. This means that it’s convenient for those who would like to visit Sandia Peak Ski Area and great if you’re traveling by car or bicycle since there are no public transportation options in this area.
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