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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

455 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435-9459
+1 877-358-7122
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Riding the chairlift was one of the highlights of our visit in Telluride. Love that it’s free and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dk R
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Absolutely an experience to see the sun rise while riding the gondola.

My daughter and I rode the gondola every morning and when the sun was setting and it was just soooo... read more

Reviewed 3 days 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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455 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435-9459
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Riding the chairlift was one of the highlights of our visit in Telluride. Love that it’s free and open at night. The ride at night was amazing!! Staff was helpful. Very comfortable ride. Scenery is worth the ride! Will ride it for sure when we...More

Thank Dk R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My daughter and I rode the gondola every morning and when the sun was setting and it was just soooo beautiful.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ok for real.. this was the coolest! We were able to park for free then ride the gondola for free and see the most gorgeous views while doing so. Mountain Village and Telluride are beautiful. This was the BEST way to see the views.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We decided to ride to go up the mountain, nice view over telluride..... when we arrived the top and started rain ... well but worth it 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The free gondola takes you between Telluride and mountain village. The views were beautiful. If there is a line you will ride with strangers. No car needed in Telluride or Mountain Village. We parked the car and didn't move it the entire trip.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this thing. It's so much fun, even if you're sharing a ride with a complete stranger in silence, it's still awesome. Amazing views all around and a smooth ride!

Thank Sara T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Received a tip from a local in Cortez and it was spot on. She said to park for free in the parking garage next to the gondola in Mountain Village and take it to Telluride. Gondola itself is free too and spectacular views of mountain...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love riding the Gondola! Easy way to visit downtown and Mountain Village in a quick free trip. Great way to beat the traffic in town. Beautiful views!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gondola from Telluride to mountain village is spectacular and free. Even in the summer,the gondola takes you to the top and all the lodging, restaurant, and entertainment. Bikers bring their mountain bikes along for all the trails.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Free gondola to the top of the mountain and mountain village in Telluride! This cannot be missed. Views are fantastic! Get out and walk around a bit and explore, take some pics, or have a drink at the top. Awesome!

Thank Katconcierge
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I have not been to the mountain village in the summer but in the winter it has restaurants, ski shops, and hotels. I imagine in the summer the ski shops are just outdoor equipment and clothing shops. There are some good... More
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