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Old 02-29-2016, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Can someone tell me what the drive is like to the Sandia Tram? I have heard that we should take in the sunset, but I also read that the road winds and that there are many animals on the road at night.
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Old 02-29-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Can someone tell me what the drive is like to the Sandia Tram? I have heard that we should take in the sunset, but I also read that the road winds and that there are many animals on the road at night.
Sandia Peak at night will be frigid cold, and very windy. April is usually quite windy in NM, I can only imagine it will be worse up high. The road is a little winding, but nothing too bad. As for the animals, just keep a sharp eye out. Youll most likely see coyotes, if anything at all. Have fun! The view up there is amazing at night. I would recommend a night trip up there in June, not April, it might be super cold.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:54 PM
 
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Can someone tell me what the drive is like to the Sandia Tram? I have heard that we should take in the sunset, but I also read that the road winds and that there are many animals on the road at night.
All of these links will give you a different perspective of the view along the road as you drive up to the top. The scenery is amazing and the road is as easy drive by car. It shouldn't be a bad drive "down" in the dark, however you should also think about taking a bottle of water with you when going up.

Hereís a link with the drive along the route to the top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1ubnJt6TWY

This link isnít my choice of music but itís a drive up to the top at least.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDfU-wQ2D0k

Yet another video of the drive to the top on a motorcycle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q11ljVIZfYE

The west side of the mountain range looks more impressive than the east side that is used when driving via car up to the top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2NSjkLF_sM

And last this will give you a view from the biker on his way up to the top.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voaibWkxMZ8
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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Thanks, AksarbeN. The videos make it look like an easy drive.
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Old 03-01-2016, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Driving to the bottom of the TRAM (where people usually park when they intend to ride the tram) is completely different than driving to the TOP.

The drive to the bottom is through Albuquerque and a little bit into the foothills, which means in April you won't encounter ice.

The drive to the top goes through a 5,000 elevation gain and can be snowy, icy and frigid cold in April. Whether this is an "easy" drive depends on whether it's icy and snowy or not. If not, then it's fairly easy (although very curvy). When it is snowy or icy, then it can be very difficult.
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Old 03-01-2016, 07:28 PM
 
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I recommend the Rail Runner to ABQ. It's supposed to be a commuter train, but the scenery is better than any others I've been on. You go through brush and desert and pueblos.
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Old 03-02-2016, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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I saw the Rail Runner, but we will be renting a car when we get there and probably will spend our time in ABQ a night or two before we return home. I love trains, but it won't work for us this time. Hopefully, there will be a next time.
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