The Gondola summer season runs from May 15, 2015 to October 18, 2015. In will be open for the winter season from November 20, 2015 to April 3, 2016. The normal operating hours are 7am to Midnight. As always, a trip on the Gondola is FREE.
Since its opening in November 1996, the Telluride/Mountain Village gondola has served as a one-of-a-kind transportation system – the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States. The gondola links Telluride and Mountain Village and serves both as a lift for skiers and snowboarders and as public transportation for locals and visitors. The incredible 13-minute ride has 365 degree views of the San Juan Mountains and is often referred to by locals as, “the best commute in the country”.
The gondola consists of 2 parts and 4 stations. The first leg travels between Telluride and Mountain Village, beginning on Oak Street in the town of Telluride and ending at Gondola Plaza in the Mountain Village core. The mid-point of the first leg is called the San Sophia Station. You can exit here to head to the slopes, hiking trails, or Allred’s Restaurant. Get right back on at the San Sophia mid-station to continue down to Mountain Village. The second part begins at Gondola Plaza in Mountain Village and takes you to the Mountain Market grocery store, Mountain Village post office, and the Mountain Village Town Hall.
Hours: 7:00 am to midnight during summer and winter. Note that hours may be extended during festivals and holidays.
Where to Park: If you are commuting by car to visit for the day, the best place to park for access to the Gondola is the Town Hall Plaza Parking garage in Mountain Village. Parking is free for one hour and spaces are limited, but it allows you to travel between Mountain Village and Telluride without the hassle of driving and trying to find a parking space in the town of Telluride.
Handicap-accessible cabins are available as well as pet cabins for leashed pets. Gondola attendants are standing by to help you load strollers, wheel-chairs, etc. Gondolas are equipped with ski and snowboard racks in winter and bike racks in summer. Blankets are also provided at each station for your comfort during your ride.