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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

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Address: Mountain Village Center, Telluride, CO 81435
Phone Number: (877) 358-7122
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Fee: No

Discover our preferred form of transportation - a free gondola - that...

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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Amazing Views!

I loved the gondola ride from Mountain Village down to Telluride. The aspen trees were gorgeous with their yellow leaves! Riding down the mountainside, you get a great view of... read more

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Vicki G
Rome, Georgia, United States
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Rome, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved the gondola ride from Mountain Village down to Telluride. The aspen trees were gorgeous with their yellow leaves! Riding down the mountainside, you get a great view of all the colorful homes in Telluride. Plenty of restaurants and shops.......very convenient transportation that is free to ride!

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've ridden the gondola before on ski trips...so it was a must for accessing the lifts. This time it was just for fun and to walk around Mountain Village. It was gorgeous weather and the views of the fall colors were stunning. There were some patches of snow around (maybe they were practicing making snow??) so of course I had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The view is amazing! The kids loved doing it multiple times a day. Stop at Allred's. great place for drinks with a view!

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

How can anyone say anything negative about a town that provides amazing free mass transit. This concept is a model for all mountain towns of the world. The Gondola Rocks!

Thank Eric W
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must for anyone visiting Telluride. One of our favorite things to do while we are in town. Plus, it's FREE. Can't be beat. Quick and efficient service, and friendly attendants.

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Revelstoke, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This gondola goes late into the evening. Perfect for sunsets up on the mountain and cocktails or if staying up there you can catch it down to the village for a day out or dinner. AND it's free!!!!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fortunately for us we were in Telluride the last weekend it was open. Apparently it shuts down for about a month for maintenance. It's very nice that it's free and connects Mountain Village to the town of Telluride. Bonus is the restaurant at the top. We didn't have time to eat there...this time but maybe next time.

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Naperville, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great idea. We stayed in Mountain Village and used the gondola daily. So peaceful and easy - and free!

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Shannon Ilinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I Love Telluride and to be able to ride this gondola as much as you want for free. Well by my pictures your going to know why this was important to me. This town attracted me one year when I was on Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour and I just had to bring my wife back for a Must see.... More 

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would do this Gondola ride a million times if I could. It was free, which was amazing!!! We walked down the telluride trail to town, took about an hour. It was more like a service road and less like a trail and was pretty steep at times. It was wonderful to go to Telluride and not have to deal... More 

Thank flagfam

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