If you’re ever in Albuquerque, the right turn would be a trip up the Sandia Tram to Sandia Peak. It’s a 4,000 climb by tram, which means a temperature drop of 10-15 degrees. At the top you’ll find a restaurant, and a number of trails leading to the crest of the peak (which also includes a gift and snack shop).
Yeah, yeah, the phone pics don’t do it justice. And it’s not the absolute back-to-nature experience, but the 1.5 mile hike through woods and along the cliffs has some awesome views of the Rio Grande basin, and Manzano mountains. You also get a decent little cardio workout at 10,000 feet. The tram runs until sundown. At the base of the mountain you can grab some good southwestern grub at Sandiago’s…
A walk on the mountain may not seem like a big deal to some folks, but for a flatlander like me it’s almost like a trip to the Smithsonian.
When you’re traveling to a conference or in town on business, you can’t always see everything worth seeing. In Albuquerque, Sandia Peak is worth a look.