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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

Telluride, CO 81435
+1 877-358-7122
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Beautiful views and free

We loved being able to take the gondola up over the mountain. Great views. Free. Some nice sites at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Always a nice escape and peaceful, beautiful ride.

This is the best idea Telluride ever had. The (free) gondola is a great way to see the town and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Loveland, Colorado
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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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Telluride, CO 81435
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved being able to take the gondola up over the mountain. Great views. Free. Some nice sites at the top- hikes and a nature center. We also enjoyed wandering around the other side and getting smoothies.

Thank mm1970
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the best idea Telluride ever had. The (free) gondola is a great way to see the town and surrounding mountains from above. It also makes a stop at the top, where you can walk around or even walk down to Telluride or Mountain...More

Thank DR_of_CO
Reviewed 2 days ago

We loved the gondola ride and took the whole length of it, stopping in Mountain Village and then went around to where it stopped at a market. The views were spectacular. Love, love, love Telluride! The weather just happened to be perfect the day we...More

Thank Saffron R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great way to travel from Telluride to Mt. Village, and did I say it was free??!!! Really fun experience; takes about 13 min. one way & the views are amazing!

Thank TravelinMinee
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Telluride is beautiful. The gondola ride is free and the sights are breathtaking. We rode up the mountain to do some shopping in mountain village. They had a farmers market going on and it was awesome. Local merchants and music. 👍❤️

Thank sherri g
Reviewed 4 days ago

Easy, quick and free. What else could you ask for? Scenic views while traveling through the air and helpful people to assist getting on and off.

Thank C T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Whether hopping on the gondola for a trip to the Market in Mountain Village, riding to the top of the Mountain to Sophia Station to view the Sunset at Lift 7 or riding over the mountain and down to the the beautiful box canyon village...More

Thank egrlbk
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

These gondolas are such an awesome idea for getting to and from town, super convenient and hassle free...a must for getting around!

Thank KiLeeLuv
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Highly recommend the Wednesday market in the mountain village. Found some great books for our toddler as well as free fave painting!

Thank CBRNeGirl
Reviewed 1 week ago

The free gondola is a fabulous way to get spectacular views over the valley containing the Telluride township. If you keep an eye out and you're lucky, you'll spot wild elk amongst the trees.

Thank Deborah C
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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