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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

Telluride, CO 81435
+1 877-358-7122
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Greatest town transportation!

These gondolas are such an awesome idea for getting to and from town, super convenient and hassle... read more

Reviewed today
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Wednesday markets are the best!

Highly recommend the Wednesday market in the mountain village. Found some great books for our... read more

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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 today 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 yesterday 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 2 days 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
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a free ride up the mountain and down the other side and back again. You can get off at the top and walk around, go to the restaurant or candy shop, hike, etc.

Thank kenkowoman
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Annapolis, Maryland
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We're staying in the Mountain Village & take the Gondola back & forth several times a day to the town of Telluride. Beautiful vistas. Riding it at night when the stars are out is spectacular!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago

Perfect way to get between Mountain Village and the town of Telluride. If you haven't been there before, this free service runs all day and provides beautiful views while eliminating the need to drive between the two locations. Telluride is very walkable so you really...More

Thank AZBell
Reviewed 6 days ago

Easy to get on and off, attendants very helpful. Forget the car when traveling between Mountain Village and Telluride, this is much easier.

Thank Tom K
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is the only free public transportation of its kind in the nation. We enjoyed the ride every single time. Beautiful way to see the mountain.

Thank Geoff R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Free ride between Telluride and Mountain Village. Enjoyed getting off our feet and seeing the beautiful scenery, watching the people ride their bikes down the Mountain Village hillside and walking around the modern Mountain Village.

Thank AFDCaptain
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This free Gondola is just an amazing little piece of heaven. Not only is it FREE, but the views are beautiful and it is the most practical way to travel between Mountain Village, Telluride, your VRBO, and the mountaintop! Fun for kids and "old" kids....More

Thank Susan H
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May 20, 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
November 24, 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
September 28, 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