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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

Telluride, CO 81435
+1 877-358-7122
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Excellent Views and Fun

This very long gondola ride is free and no waiting lines. The views are fantastic. We parked free... read more

Reviewed yesterday
henderson, Nv
When locals recommend you should go

We were told this is the only free municipal transportation in the country (I hope I have that... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Stuart B
via mobile
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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 yesterday

This very long gondola ride is free and no waiting lines. The views are fantastic. We parked free at the Gondola Parking Garage in Mountain Village. Parking in Telluride would be impossible. This Gondola goes to the top of the mountain and connects Telluride to...More

Thank jephm
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were told this is the only free municipal transportation in the country (I hope I have that correct) You just walk up and get on this gondola and have the most breathtaking views you could imagine It seems very safe and professionally run Stay...More

Thank Stuart B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great views, dog friendly, easy to get on and off, staff was very nice. Best of all it's FREE! Has three stops. Don't miss this.

Thank HardShellSuitCase
Reviewed 3 days ago

Free Gondola, did I mention free. Be sure to get off at the top there are great views and a ridge top hiking trail.

Thank Thomas W
Reviewed 3 days ago

I applause for the Telluride/Mountain Village to create this free public transportation system -- it saves gas, driving, and environment. The Gondola ride provides a breath taking view of the town and mountain, I mean, even if you do not need to go anywhere, riding...More

Thank SiqingWei
Reviewed 4 days ago

This gondola is free and takes you between Mountain Village and Telluride. I mean what is better than free transportation and killer views?!

Thank rmkarr77
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So nice to be able take the gondola everywhere, didn't use our car all weekend. Wish all the other ski resorts had such a nice and FREE gondola, most resorts charge way to much!!!

Thank JackinDenver
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful ride up the beautiful mountain. Fantastic views of mountainside and the village below. Friendly staff and very welcoming to our dog! Lived the ride

Thank franprebish
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way of getting up & down the mountain especially if your staying someplace close to the stations so you can walk. If you're getting off at Allred's restaurant at the very tippy-top of the mountain, you better know where to get off or you'll...More

Thank Jack P
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's free. It's smooth. It's got great views. It takes you useful places in multiple directions. What's not to like?

Thank Doug274
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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