• Telluride Mountain Village Gondola
    • view of Telluride from the Gondola




One of a kind in North America!


Seasons and Hours of Operation

The Gondola summer season runs from May 25, 2017 at 6:30am to October 15, 2017.  It will be open for the winter season from November 17, 2017 to April 8, 2018.  The normal operating hours are 6:30am to Midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays until September 16th, the Gondola will remain open until 2am. As always, a trip on the Gondola is FREE.

Gondola Information:

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 the Gondola Plaza in Mountain Village and takes you to the Mountain Market grocery store, Mountain Village Post Office, and the Mountain Village Town Hall.                  

Price: FREE!

Hours: 6:30 am to midnight during summer and winter. Gondola hours are extended until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays until September 16th. 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 Gondola Parking Garage in Mountain Village. Day-time parking is free, and allows you to travel between Mountain Village and Telluride without the hassle of driving into the town of Telluride and trying to find a parking space.

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. During the winter months, blankets are provided at each station for your comfort during your ride. 

301 W San Juan Ave
Telluride,  Colorado  81435
United States