Telluride Gondola

One of the most unique and certainly the most beautiful modes of public transportation in the U.S., the Telluride Gondola connects the historic town of Telluride at the base of the mountain to Mountain Village and the Telluride Ski Resort at the top of the mountain.

The 13-minute gondola ride carries passengers over stunning aspen and pine groves. Not only does it provide an unparalleled view of incredible natural beauty, the gondola allows users to avoid a drive of over seven miles each way, thus cutting down on wasted time, gasoline, and pollution. And best of all: it's free.

The Telluride Gondola was built in 1996 with the twin goals of improving overall air quality and expanding access to the Telluride Ski Resort, and it has long since met those goals. Certainly snowboarders and skiers use the gondola to get to the top of the mountain, but plenty of other folks also ride it: kids going to school, locals running errands or commuting to work, and visitors to Telluride who just want the unmatched experience and views of the gondola ride.

Riders can board the Telluride Gondola at three stops: in Telluride, halfway up the mountain, or in Mountain Village. The Oak Street station (Station Telluride) in Telluride provides easy access to all of the historic town, and Station Mountain Village does the same for Mountain Village. In the middle, Station St. Sophia provides access to numerous ski trails, as well as The Ridge Club and Alfred's Restaurant and Bar. During the ski season, riders must show a season pass or a lift ticket to be allowed to disembark at Station St. Sophia. At the top of the mountain, the Gondola also connects the heart of Mountain Village to the town hall, post office, and Mountain Village's free parking lots.

The Telluride Gondola is generally open from 7:00 a.m. to midnight. During some of Telluride's summertime festivals, the gondola stays open later. It generally closes for maintenance during off-season months only, or in the event of power outages or severe weather problems. Some of the gondola's cabins allow pets, and there are also wheelchair accessible cabins. All the cabins allow riders to carry on skis, snowboards, and bicycles. Gondola attendants help load all the equipment, and even hand out blankets during the cold winter months.

Don't miss the most beautiful public transportation in America: the Telluride Gondola.