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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

Telluride, CO 81435
+1 877-358-7122
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Beautiful for not if you are afraid of heights!

We walked to the gondola and it was so cold! The gondola ride was fantastic! You can see the entire... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jackie M
Houston, Texas
Free and so much fun

We stayed in Mt Village so using the Gondola was awesome to get groceries, fly over to Telluride to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Discover our preferred form of transportation - a free gondola - that transports residents and visitors from Telluride to Mountain Village. The gondola, the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States, officially opened December 20, 1996, and was originally built to help improve air quality while expanding the ski area. Grab a front row seat with Mother Nature at 10,500 feet and access biking, hiking and skiing trails as well as shops, restaurants and watering holes. Fun Facts: Approximately 2.61 million passengers ride the gondola annually - and safely - and over 39 million riders have been transported since opening day. The gondola operates roughly 287 days each year with routine maintenance scheduled during our shoulder season months. It takes about 13 minutes to get from the Town of Telluride to the Town of Mountain Village. A cabin travels 11 miles per hour at full speed, which means each cabin travels over 52,000 miles per year. Approximately 50 percent of our cabins are pet accessible. We also have wheelchair accessible cabins. The trip between the two towns is eight miles long whereas the gondola travels three miles between the two towns. If we relied on rubber transportation, it would take 18 50-passenger buses to maintain a 900-people per hour capacity. This would translate to more people on the road and more pollutants in the air. The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association purchases renewable energy credits from San Miguel Power Association, which funds the development and operation of regional renewable energy resources. The cost to build the gondola is $16 million, and revenues to support the operational cost, which exceeds $3.5 million annually and requires over 82,000 man-hours, are realized from a number of sources with the majority of funding from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association. San Miguel County and the Town of Telluride make a monetary contribution, and the Telluride Ski Resort contributes one percent of lift ticket sales.
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Hours Today: 6:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Telluride, CO 81435
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Reviewed yesterday

We walked to the gondola and it was so cold! The gondola ride was fantastic! You can see the entire city as well as the mountains and the village- it is free and definitely a must do!

Thank Jackie M
Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed in Mt Village so using the Gondola was awesome to get groceries, fly over to Telluride to simply watch the sunset.

Thank Dakotagirl777
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of the best panoramic mountain views, Gandola ride is amazing. Good hiking paths. The Cabin Lodge hotel was at a perfect location especially when taking the Gandola, service was great.

Thank gigibella13
Reviewed 1 week ago

In most locations YOU would PAY a lot to ride a scenic gondola up and down these spectacular mountains! However, In Telluride and Mountain Village you get to ride the gondola, as many times as you wish every day, for FREE! Telluride Ski Resort and...More

Thank LesTAZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the best time riding the gondola. It gave me beautiful views on both the way up and down. Telluride is absolutely stunning, and this free ride is a great way to experience it!

Thank Michele Ann Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gondola is not just for sight seeing acts as transportation to the other side of the mountain. Friendly operators. Price is free. Great views.

Thank Sandy2645
Reviewed 23 October 2017

You don't need a car in Telluride... just take the free Gondola to wherever you want to go. Great views, cool ride.

Thank DeWitt G
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Gondola is a great way to get between Mountain Village and Telluride. The view never ceases to amaze and the 15 to 20 minutes gives you a chance to chat with interesting passengers. The time spent is never a factor as the views and passengers...More

Thank NewTraveler52
Reviewed 17 October 2017

On our recent trip we traveled on the free gondola for a stunning view of Telluride and the surrounding mountains. Take a wind breaker as the breezes are likely to be up, and some sun screen if you want to walk about. Otherwise, just drink...More

Thank Craig and Gail J
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

The gondola is super easy to use and convenient - we stayed at mtn village and went into town easily for meals etc. I think it would work really well though to stay in Telluride and go up to mtn village for conference etc. Because...More

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20 May 2017|
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Response from travlndon | Reviewed this property |
Buzz, The gondola runs practically all day and into the night. Checking the webpage the gondola is listed as open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. We sampled several different restaurants, in both communities, and our lowest... More
Maria J
24 November 2016|
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Response from ideaman68 | Reviewed this property |
Telluride, no question. They churn fewer numbers by a longshot, which means no lines, friendly staff that isnt overworked, easy to get food & drink in reasonable time, etc. Just no equal to Telluride.
Maranda H
28 September 2016|
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Response from Jeffrey J | Reviewed this property |
If you stay at mountain village more than likely you can walk to a gondola that will easily take you to telluride. My wife and I were able to walk in 5 minutes from Inn at Lost Creek to Gondola and I guess maybe 20 minutes... More