It's supported by two towers between the first and last station, and took two years to construct. It was built by a Swiss company in the 1960s, and made its first trip up in 1966. The journey takes about fifteen minutes each way, and each tram car has a guide on it who will talk you through what you're seeing--the landscape, the different rocks, the trees.
|Picture from the Summer Tram Photo Gallery|
There's even a restaurant at the very top, so you can stop and have something to eat and enjoy the gorgeous views.
From the top, you can get to the Sandia Peak ski area as well as hike various trails. The tram is also one of the outlets for the La Luz Trail we discussed on L, and a lot of folks take the tram down after they've hiked all the way up.
At any rate, this is one unique way to see New Mexico!