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FLASHBACK T0 1987
Sandia Mountain & Aerial Tramway
in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1987 New Mexico Vaction

Below: New Mexico Welcome sign and a wooden bridge and arch for pedestrians

New Mexico Welcome sign
wooden bridge and arch for pedestrians

Below: Photo taken from moving car - Rocks on the mountains and houses at the base of the mountains.

Rocks on the mountains and houses at the base of the mountains. house

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway in the Heart of the Cibola National Forest

Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway sign

As of this date in 1987, Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway claimed to be The World's longest tramway. Karen and Lee rode the tram up to the top of the mountain. The trip from the lower terminal to the upper terminal at 6,560 feet above sea level to the upper terminal at 10,378 feet above sea level took about 20 minutes.  The tramway is 2.7 miles long.

view of the parking lot and cars view from Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway
view from Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

Tower 1 is 239 feet high, the tallest structure in New Mexico on this date, and leans at an angle of 18 degrees, almost twice as much as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The clear unsupported span of 7,700 feet between Tower 2 and the Upper Terminal is the longest in the world (in 1987). Note:  When Karen and Lee returned  here in 2012, the brochures said the Sandia Mountains has the world's third longest single span. Statistics change all the time.

view from Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway view from Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway

Upon arriving at the top, 5,000 feet above the historical Rio Grand Valley, Karen and Lee Duquette got a view of 11,000 square miles of New Mexico. It is said that Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, deer, chipmunks and squirrels can be seen, but none was seen on this date.

platform at the top
view from the top of the Mountain
view from the top of the Mountain view from the top of the Mountain
view from the top of the Mountain view from the top of the Mountain

look below

go to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies If you came here from the 2012, Sandia Peak Aerial Tram, return there now (or even if you haven't seen them yet). Karen had a better camera in 2012, and those photos are very different from these photos and really show what a wonderful experience this is. Plus more facts and history are on the 2012 site.

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