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The two RV Gypsies rode the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram
to the top of
Sandia Mountain in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
July 15, 2012
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The Sandia Peak Tramway is located adjacent to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. It stretches from the northeast edge of the city to the crest line of the Sandia Mountains and has the world's third longest single span. It claims to be the world's longest aerial tramway.

Lee Duquette approaching the entry to the Sandia Peak Tramway in NM
sign: Sandia Peak Tramway
a tram approaching the docking station
The two RV Gypsies waiting to board the incoming tram
The two RV Gypsies boarded the tram to see nature's beauty unfold as the tram ascended 2.7 miles to 10,378 feet for an 11,000 square mile view of New Mexico.
sign: Entering Cibola National Forest
an 11,000 square mile view of New Mexico
The tram rose up the steep western face of the Sandias, giving the Two RV Gypsies a close-up view of red rocks and tall trees. It was not a very sunny day, but the view was still beautiful.
western face of the Sandias
red rocks and tall trees on Sandia Peak
The Two RV Gypsies reached the top of Sandia Mountain and began their exploration by reading some of the signs.
sign: Welcome to Sandia Peak
sign: bears and wild animals
engraving of a tram
sign: view from the top of Sandia Peak
sign about flagging
From the observation deck at the 10,378-foot summit, Santa Fe can be seen to the northeast and Los Alamos can be seen to the northwest, about 11,000 square miles of spectacular scenery on a clear day; although there was a lot of haze in the air on this date.
panorama of Sandia Peak
sign: mountains seen from south view
south view of Sandia Peak
Sandia Aerial Tram lift
Lee Duquette on Sandia Peak
the Sandia tram lines
green trees
A view of the ski lift on the back side of Sandia Mountain.
the ski lift on th back side of Sandia Mountain
monument on Sandia Peak
The Two RV Gypsies decided to explore one of the many trails on the mountain.
sign: Sandia Mountain Wilderness
However, after walking almost to the very first corner, Lee Duquette said he did NOT want to go any further on the trail, so they went back to the observation deck without walking the trail. Lee has decided that he did not like heights or being near the edge of a cliff anymore.
Lee Duquette checking out the trial
Lee Duquette checking out the trial
So Karen Duquette quickly snapped a few photos of the scenery from this advantage point just before the first curve, and the two RV Gypsies returned to the Observation Deck.
view from the top of the trail on Sandia Mountain
view from the top of the trail on Sandia Mountain
view from the top of the trail on Sandia Mountain
view from the top of the trail on Sandia Mountain
view from the top of the trail on Sandia Mountain
view from the top of the trail on Sandia Mountain
Back at the observation deck, a tram was ready to make its way down the mountain.
a tram ready to go down Sandia Mountain
tram going down Sandia Mountain
tram going down Sandia Mountain
The tram grew smaller and smaller as it descended Sandia Mountain.
tram
the tram
The two RV Gypsies took the next tram down the mountain, and saw a bear and her cub making their way through the trees. Actually, they just looked like two small black rectangles in the woods because the tram was up so high.
the tram
the tram
Upon arrival at the bottom and docking on the bin (shown in the photo below), the tram operator explained that the bin attaches to the bottom of the tram and that is how they bring water to the top of the mountain each morning.
the water bin
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