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“Beautiful during summer, too!”

Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in Telluride
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 27, 2013

Stunning views, great way to see nature's majesty in any season. Not a fan of heights? Might want to skip this one...

2  Thank azgrrrl
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Very easy to get to towns and no lines. Friendly people and great service. You can use gondola to get to grocery store as well.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Worked great- easy and free to use. Never a line. Very fast.
Could walk to station and grocery store is there.

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Reviewed March 15, 2013

The best way to travel and no DUI's. Views are great and some of the cars allow dogs. Goes into town and is free.

2  Thank WD1990
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We took a ride to and from the town of Telluride with our dogs during the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Very accommodating with our dogs and the staff was very pleasant. This is a great mode of transportation when you are camping in the upper spots on the mountain outside of town and need to get into town without driving during the festival as driving into town is impossible. PLUS, the gondola is FREE and the parking for the gondola is free as well. The views are amazing and picture taking from the ride is a must!!! AWESOME!

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