We had another “WOWSER” day in Albuquerque. We drove to the top of Sandia Peak. Getting to the top of the mountain can happen in two ways. One is to drive east of the city and head north on the Turquoise Trail to the Sandia Crest Highway, and drive to the top as we did. It's a beautiful drive, but in winter, the conditions can be snowy.
Another way is to take the tram from the foothills, where a parking lot accommodates your vehicle while you're enjoying the skiing at the top of the Sandias. This part was closed for the season. We were glad we drove it instead, we were able to stop all we wanted and take pictures.
The Sandia Mountains flank the city of Albuquerque's east side, providing not only stunning scenery and a place to participate in all a mountain has to offer, but a compass point. Anyone who lives in Albuquerque knows that if you're looking at the mountains, you're looking east.
The Sandia Mountains have spectacular beauty. The word Sandia means watermelon in Spanish, and when the sun shines against the western face of the mountains at sunset, the pink hue the mountains take on leave no doubt as to why watermelon was the word chosen to describe that hue. :-)
The mountains rise to 10,678 feet at their highest point at Sandia Crest, which is a popular tourist destination. The Sandia Tramway goes from the foothills at the city's high elevation on the mountain's west side for a 2.6-mile ride to the top of the mountain. The views are spectacular, spanning for over 11,000 square miles of pure New Mexico landscape. We highly recommend this scenic drive to all our readers. Check back later for more from beautiful Albuquerque.