7/5 Thursday

We checked out of the motel in Durango and headed downtown to look around the shops. Around 11:30, we left Durango and headed to Albuquerque. We stopped at a Subway for lunch along the way.

We arrived in Albuquerque around 3:30 and headed for the Sandia Mountain Tram. At 2.5 miles, it is the longest aerial tram in the world. It lifts travelers over 4000 feet into the air to Sandia Peak to a total height of around 10,400 feet.

Unfortunately, is was shut down due to bad weather. So we decided to try it later after a trip to the Petroglyphs National Monument.

After a short visit with the petroglyphs, we checked in to our motel, and headed back to the tram since the weather was looking better. This time, it was running, so we caught a 5:45 ride up the mountain.

After a brief look around, we went on a hike to the north along the crest trail. We stopped at the Kiwanis house for some pictures. This is a stone room build by the CCC in the 1920’s as a rest stop for hikers. After that we continued north to the next scenic overlook. Then we headed back south to find some supper. The total hike was about 4 miles.

When we returned to the tram area, we made a reservation for the High Finance Restaurant that is connected to the tram landing. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. The service was very slow, but with views like that from the
top of the mountain, who cares. The food was good, but perhaps a little overpriced.

After a good meal we headed to the tram stop. So had a lot of other people, so we had to wait about 45 minutes to catch the last tram down the mountain.

We got back to the motel about 11:15 p.m. after a great evening.

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