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Sandia Peak Tramway

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Sandia Peak Tramway

Going to be in ALB mid Sept, 2012 and thought about riding the Sandia Peak Tramway as well as eating @ H igh Finance Restaurant....I can "do heights" , I think, but also deal with A-Fib and controlled with meds. Anyone have an opinion or suggestion(s) for me? Just not sure I can do it......I'm also going to try a hot air balloon on the 9th with World Balloon Co. What a daredevil, huh? :))

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1. Re: Sandia Peak Tramway

You need to ask your doctor if you can go to 10,378 ft. Abq is also at 5300ft (over a mile high!). There are plenty of other sights to see in Abq and other restaurants that are better. If you are near Old Town, check out Season's Grill for a nice meal or a casual meal on their upstairs terrace.

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Even if you get the "go" from your doctor, be sure to acclimate to Albuquerque's mile high elevation for 24 hours at very least before doing the tram. It's not a good thing to go from sea level or lower elevations on the same day.

As for High Finance, we have had some good reports lately from our Inn's guests, and that wasn't always so. A meal up there will be a good one, but as mentioned before there are many great restaurants here in town. However... none of them have the incredible view that High Finance has. Be sure to ask for a table with a view when you make your reservations, and do it a few days ahead of time. Plan to be up there at sunset for the color, and so you can watch the city light up during dinner.

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Best to check with your Doctor about the heights. If you have a couple of days in Albuquerque, you will get used to our alititude. The trip up on the Tram takes about 20 minutes, and if you don't try hiking away from the upper lift and restaurant, chances are you will be fine. Just take it real easy, and also, maybe your Doctor can give you something.

And, I agree, there are so many other restaurants in Albuquerque that are very good, that I would forego eating at High Finance. Do try to go late and watch the sunset and the city lights come on. Really beautiful.

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I note you are from Little Rock, but do not state whether or not you will be flying in to ABQ, or driving in. For those that are driving in from lower areas, the gradual approach to higher elevations will make it much easier to adapt.

Once you reach the summit, there is hiking or walking, unless you do not want to do that. Beware at 11,000ft.

There is also an alternative to the tramway. A national scenic highway winds through pine, spruce, and aspens to the crest of the Sandias, from NM-14 (The Turquoise Trial), on the eastern slope of the Sandias. It is approximately 15 miles each way, so a round trip would take about an hour, to an hour and a half. At the top there is a gift shop/snack bar, and the same great views as from the Sandia Tramway, which is 3 miles further south down the crest. This is the best choice for acrophobiacs.

Back on the west side. Along with the Finance, there is a New Mexican restaurant at the base statiion, and the County Line where Tramway Road turns off of Tramway Blvd. up to the base station. Personally, I would rather eat here than the two tramway restaurants. BBQ & Steaks primarily. There are few other restaurants nearby, the closest possibly being in the Sandia Casino & Resort just east of I-25 & Tramway Blvd.

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Thanks so much for your info; very helpful. We are driving and planning many excusions along the way....then to Vegas and back, taking in Grand Canyon as well. Thanks again.

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Oh dear, I wrote a huge response and lost my internet connection!

Let me see, I wanted to tell you that the ride is 15 min long and standing up the whole time with only a window railing or a pole to hold on to. The trams run simultaneously each way at the same time and the ride is not jerky. It is a smooth ride. Trams run about every 20 min. There are benches at the top inside the visitor's center if you need to rest. There are restaurants and lockers on top and at the bottom. Gift shop is at the bottom.

High Finance - I just rode the tram and ate there today and the food is not worth it. The service is mediocre, but the view is what counts. There are picnic benches up top by the restaurant on an outdoor patio deck and you can order your food for outdoor consumption. No food or drink is allowed on the tram at all.

Hope this helps!

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7. Re: Sandia Peak Tramway

There are one or two (forget the number) of little jump seats in the corners of the tram that can be used for sitting and are reserved for those who need them. Just ask the tram operator. If there's a policy of no food or drink on the tram, I've never heard of it. Many recreationists use the tram, bringing water and snacks at the least in their backpacks and fanny packs and unless there's a recent development I'm not aware of they don't check your packs and gear. I've never heard that being an issue on the tram. I usually get a burger and microbrew when I'm up there, after hiking or snowshoeing, and sometimes they have a grill outside near the deck with the picnic tables.

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8. Re: Sandia Peak Tramway

There are one or two (forget the number) of little jump seats in the corners of the tram that can be used for sitting and are reserved for those who need them. Just ask the tram operator. If there's a policy of no food or drink on the tram, I've never heard of it. Many recreationists use the tram, bringing water and snacks at the least in their backpacks and fanny packs and unless there's a recent development I'm not aware of they don't check your packs and gear. I've never heard that being an issue on the tram. I usually get a burger and microbrew when I'm up there, after hiking or snowshoeing, and sometimes they have a grill outside near the deck with the picnic tables.

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Tram ride is usually crowded as they pack as many in as possible. Most likely will have a backpack in your face if sitting. Sitting will defeat the purpose which is the views. Restaurant is OK, but again the reason is the views.

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