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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

Telluride, CO 81435
+1 877-358-7122
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Free Telluride Gondola

You don't need a car in Telluride... just take the free Gondola to wherever you want to go. Great... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
DeWitt G
Fast, reliable with a great view and chance to meet new people

Gondola is a great way to get between Mountain Village and Telluride. The view never ceases to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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
+1 877-358-7122
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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

Thank tobycc
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I had already read reviews and saw videos on the Gondola so I knew it was a must do on our trip to Telluride. It’s free and when you get to the top it’s a spectacular view. It doesn’t even look real. The views are...More

Thank sandra n
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We were able to have a gondola all to ourselves and what a spectacular ride we had. I wouldn't miss it, and you're young adults will love it too. It's very quiet and it's not scary!

Thank podunk13
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

The free gondola ride is a must do on any visit to Telluride. The views are BREATHTAKING!! My husband and I were lucky enough to take the gondola on a crisp, clear morning, and we couldn’t believe the views.

Thank Deana W
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This free gondola up the mountainside is relaxing 13 minute ride up and over the mountain to a village complex of shops,residences and restaurants. It was recommended to go at sundown and it was beautiful as well as getting to see the full moon coming...More

Thank kokapelli
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Gondola is a great way to get around Telluride. Want tto have dinner in the Mountain Village, catch the gondola. It also allows for a great way to site see Telluride.

Thank Kris C
Reviewed 8 October 2017

The Mountain Village Gondola is perhaps the only fun thing one can do in Telluride that isn't way over priced. It's free! While lines to board can be way too long during some seasons, this is not a problem in other seasons. Views are outstanding....More

Thank dolebludger
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21 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