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Celebrate the Gondola

The Most Unique Free Public Transportation Around

Here in Telluride, we take great pride in all things unique, especially when it comes to our Telluride-Mountain Village Gondola . The most unique public transportation system of its kind in North America is celebrating its 20 th anniversary on December 20 th , 2016. What better way than to celebrate as much and as often as we can throughout the year?

To kick off the celebrations, you’ll notice that Gondola car 20 has gotten a bit of a makeover. Revealed when the Gondola opened for the summer on May 26 th , town has been abuzz. The fire-engine red car is quite tough to miss and will play host to spur of the moment contests, giveaways, mini-events, and more throughout the year. So to those of you who have already been waiting specifically for “Big Red” when taking a ride on the gondola, your efforts may be rewarded soon!

Throughout the season, you’ll get to enjoy a special celebration for the December anniversary, contests and promotions, and plenty of informative gatherings to learn about the unique history of the Gondola and how it changed Mountain Village and Telluride forever. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a selfie in the anniversary cabin and use #TellurideGondola. You never know when it might be useful in the future.

Since the Gondola’s inaugural ride on December 20 th , 1996, the Telluride-Mountain Village gondola has provided nearly 2.5 million people with fee transportation between the Town of Mountain Village and the Town of Telluride each year. Riders rely on the Gondola to commute to and from work and play while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding areas on a daily basis. All who utilize the Gondola have taken advantage of one of the easiest, free modes of transportation to shuttle back and forth between the resort village, skiing, hiking, and biking trails, hotels, restaurants, festival, events, and more.

So whether visiting Telluride or commuting on a daily basis, be sure to take some time to enjoy the beautiful sights, access to activities and towns on either end. If you haven’t been lucky enough to get to Telluride quite yet, be sure to visit soon and take a look at our trip planning guide to get you here. If you’re looking for great events to attend while you’re in town, be sure to take a look at our events calendar . If looking for some new adventures around Telluride from RZR tours to floating on a SUP board, from fly fishing to horseback riding and more, get in touch with the Telluride Adventure Center and get set up with gear, guides, and destinations.

Interested in entering a sweepstakes to augment your time here in Telluride? Enter the #DiscoverTelluride sweepstakes before June 27 th for a chance to win an adventure with the Telluride Adventure Center, gift cards, and tons of Telluride gear. All you have to do is post a photo of your favorite summer activity, view, or experience in and around Telluride to Instagram with #DiscoverTelluride, Facebook , or our web form . We want to see your photos for your chance to win today and stay tuned for other great sweepstakes in the future!

Photo Credit: Visit Telluride/Ryan Bonneau