Free transportation between Telluride and Mountain Village
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.
For gondola operations updates, please check the Town of Mountain Village Gondola Page »
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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, handcrafted 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 2.8 million riders enjoy the gondola each year, which reduces environmental 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 operator indicates that you can load the cabin.
|Ride time||13 minutes from Oak Street Plaza to Mountain Village Center.|
|Highest point||10,540 feet at Station St. Sophia.|
|Total length||3 miles|
|Longest section||5,750 feet long with a vertical rise of 1,790 feet.|
|Average speed||11 mph|
|Capacity||8 people per gondola cabin. 900 people per hour, the equivalent of eighteen 50-passenger buses.|
|Passengers per year||Approximately 2.8 million riders annually.|
|Environmental impact||All the electricity used to operate the Gondola comes from wind and solar power.|
|One-of-a-kind||The gondola is the first and only free transportation system of its kind in the United States.|