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Telluride Mountain Village Gondola

455 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435-9459
+1 877-358-7122
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First time visiting Telluride and we stayed in mountain village. It was so easy to get around the... read more

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440chaseg
Free Gondola Ride

You can’t beat a free gondola ride to the top of the beautiful mountains. The views are amazing... 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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455 Mountain Village Blvd, Telluride, CO 81435-9459
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Reviewed yesterday

First time visiting Telluride and we stayed in mountain village. It was so easy to get around the mountain. Kids loved the quick smooth ride too.

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Reviewed yesterday

You can’t beat a free gondola ride to the top of the beautiful mountains. The views are amazing. Love that fresh mountain air!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great view of the town and valley. Plus its free. When at the top you can also see the valley on the other side

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had cars, but since Mountain Village has Dial A Ride, we would all fit in their bus, then go to the gondola to travel wherever we wanted to go that day!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a fun and free ride up and down the mountain at sunset. We got off at the top for family photos to see some 14ers we had climbed. Watched the mountain bikers descend, took in the views of the aspen trees, and saw a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The gondola at Telluride is free, and makes it easy to get around. We parked for free at Mountain Village and rode up to St. Sophia, hiked around, then rode the gondola down into Telluride to eat lunch, then back to Mountain Village when it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The city of telluride from the mountain at the top of the gondola ride Awesome views, clean air, friendly and helpful staff And it’s free, no parking hassle in the city of telluride Will do it again

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Free gondola transportation from the outer Mountain Village to the main Mountain Village to Downtown. On short gondola ride from the outer Village to the main one is maybe 5 minutes. You then have to get off and get on a different gondola that takes...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ease of use, clean, staff helpful, and free in summer. Good experience with little ones to get to Telluride from Mountain Village and back. Staff was helpful, guided new users and coordinated groups and those with bikes. Strong overall experience.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These free gondolas were great! Bike racks and ski racks on each car. Was a great way to go from Telluride to Mountain Village .

Thank Troy B
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lifeisgoodwithhim
June 13, 2018|
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Dan M
April 22, 2018|
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Response from Christina C | Reviewed this property |
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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rogica
April 22, 2018|
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