Sandia Peak Tramway

Field Trip
ROOM: Off-site

Advance Registration Required

When most people think of New Mexico, they think about the desert. Few people realize that the Albuquerque Basin, situated in the Chihuahuan Desert, is surrounded by 10,000-foot mountain peaks. More than 11 million people have stepped aboard the Sandia Peak Tramway to take in the breathtaking views on the way to the Sandia Crest in the Cibola National Forest, traversing several altitudinal life zones before arriving at a true sky island 10,378 feet above sea level that overlooks 11,000 square miles of New Mexico. Visit the spectacular Sandia Crest and learn about this beautiful, but complicated, national forest area:

  • Ascend more than 4,000 feet in roughly 15 minutes on the longest U.S. aerial tramway (2.7 miles long), and the second-longest in the world…
  • See how altitude influences wildlife distributions in the Southwest…
  • Learn how Cibola National Forest staff manage this complicated area…


Field Trip
Location: Off-site Date: September 25, 2017 Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm