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worlds-longest-tram-albuquerqueAlbuquerque boasts the longest aerial tram in the United States and the world. Set on Sandia Peak and spanning the Domingo Baca Canyon, the tram consists of 2 terminals and two towers traversing an impressive distance of 2.7 miles. It took five months just to get the necessary amount of cable run up Sandia mountains. The distance between tower 2 and the uppermost terminal is 7,720 feet, making this the longest single, clear tram in the world. But the magnificence does not stop there – tower 1 stands at the height of 232 feet, and the highest point is at an elevation of 10,378 feet providing an estimated 11,000 square mile view of the surrounding New Mexico landscape. Running at a speed of 12 MPH, it takes approximately 15 minutes to traverse the entire tramway from terminal one, over the two towers, ending at terminal two. The whole journey, therefore, takes 30 minutes to return to the starting point in Albuquerque. Reaching the highest point does mean not only a spectacular view but also a temperature drop of 30 degrees. Unfortunately, the High Finance Restaurant that used to provide for hungry passengers in the past has been demolished to make way for a new and up-to-date eatery that is set to be completed in 2018. This means that there is currently no eating establishment at the top of the tram. Hiking trails are available year round. However, it is recommended never to take on one of the trails alone. In the winter, skiing is a favorite activity, and Sandia Peak is also home to the New Mexico Ski Museum and Hall of Fame. You can always visit the Albuquerque BioPark/Zoo year round. The tram consists of 2 trams that run in conjunction with one another in a system that allows the descending tram to pull the ascending tram. Both trams are in operation year round although, under severe weather conditions, the service may be shutdown without notice for an unknown duration. It may also be shutdown for regular maintenance or repairs that may become necessary. The tram was completed in 1966, and new tram cars installed just last year in May. The cabling system was replaced in 2009, and the brakes allow for the trams to be halted for any reason whatsoever (most often in the event of lightening). Each tram can carry a maximum of 50 passengers at a time. While skiing equipment and other necessities are allowed on the tram, pets, and bicycles will not be transported up the peak. Tickets cost $25 per adult with discounted rates for kids, senior citizens, students and the military. Children under the age of 5 years ride free of charge! Season tickets are also available and are the ideal option for families who take advantage of the many recreational activities available at Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway. The tramway is one of the top 10 “things-to-do” in New Mexico, and the additional recreational activities make it the ideal destination for fun for the whole family. Echo Garage Doors can take care of any garage door or gate problem that you are having. Specializing in gate and garage door repair and installation, there is nothing that they can’t fix. Call the Albuquerque garage door repair experts when you are having a problem.