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Free transportation between Telluride and Mountain Village

*The gondola will re-open for the summer Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7am. 

Telluride's gondola system provides free transportation between the town of Mountain Village and the town of Telluride. It's the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States.

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From the town of Telluride at 8,750 feet, the gondola climbs 1,790 vertical feet before reaching Station St. Sophia at 10,540 feet. It’s a quiet 13-minute ride from town to town with breathtaking scenery and 360 degree panoramic views.

From the town of Telluride, the gondola climbs over the front side of the ski resort. In the summer, these trails are abundant with wildlife including deer, elk, marmot, porcupine, bear and more.  As you gain elevation, the San Sophia Ridge comes into view above the town. 13,000 foot peaks Mears Peak, Dallas Peak, Gilpin Peak, Mt. Emma and Chicago Peak gain prominence. Near Station St. Sophia, you’ll see nearly the entire town and the surrounding mountains in a single view.

From Station St. Sophia at 10,540 feet above sea level, the Gondola continues towards the Mountain Village Core. In the distance, Wilson Peak, Mount Wilson and Lizard Head appear to the west.  On a clear day looking west you can also see the La Sal mountain range in central Utah near Moab. Continuing down, the gondola places you just a short walk to the Mountain Village Core where shopping and dining await.

Adventure at the Top

The Gondola provides quick access to Station St. Sophia where summer and winter activities and fine dining, await. In the winter and summer, the Gondola provides access to Allred's Restaurant. Allred's is Telluride's flagship restaurant offering fine wines, hand crafted cocktails and incredible views from the top of the Gondola. 

In the winter, skiers and riders can access the Telluride Ski Resort from Station St. Sophia. Each gondola cabin is equipped with ski and snowboard racks. 

In the summer, gondola cabins are converted with bike racks to provide free access to the Mountain Village Bike Park, and other mountain biking trails. There is also an extensive hiking trail system accessed from Station St. Sophia, as well as kids' activities provided at the Nature Center.

Leave the Keys at Home

What was once an eight mile drive between the two towns, the gondola provides a more direct 3-mile route over the mountains. Over 2.5 million people ride the gondola each year, which reduces enivornmental impacts caused by vehicles. The gondola has also adopted the state of Colorado’s Climate Action Plan to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020. The plan, called the Green Gondola Project, has a goal to replace 20 percent of its traditional electricity use with locally-generated alternative energy.  These local alternatives include solar panels installed on gondola stations, and the purchase of solar panels through the SMPA Community Solar Array.

Bring a Pet

Pets are allowed in designated gondola cabins that are marked with paw prints. For loading, step aside until a pet-friendly cabin arrives and a gondola operater indicates that you can load the cabin.

The Numbers

Ride time13 minutes from Oak Street Plaza to Mountain Village Center
Highest point10,540 feet at Station St. Sophia
Total length3 miles
Longest section5,750 feet long with vertical rise of 1,790 feet
Average speed11 mph
Capacity8 people per gondola cabin. 900 people per hour, the equivalent of eighteen 50-passenger busses
Passengers per yearApproximately 2.5 million passengers annually
Environmental impactAll the electricity used to operate the Gondola comes from wind and solar power
One-of-a-kindThe gondola is the first and only free transportation system of its kind in the United States.


Gondola Hours

Daily: 7am - midnight

Summer Schedule: May 21, 2015 to Oct 18, 2015

Winter Schedule: Nov 20, 2015 to Apr 3, 2016

See Lifts & Areas for gondola status

Price: Free

Gondola Locations

Town Hall Plaza
455 Mountain Village Blvd
Mountain Village, CO
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Mountain Village Center
697 Mountain Village Blvd
Mountain Village, CO
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Oak Street Plaza
Telluride Gondola Station
West San Juan Ave
Telluride, CO
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Gondola Lost & Found

Call (970) 728-3435

Allred's Webcam

Located at the top of the gondola at Station St. Sophia.

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