Originally built to improve air quality in the region by keeping cars off the road, the Gondola has been annually shuttling more than 2.2 million skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, hikers, festival-goers and commuters up and over 10,500-foot Coonskin Ridge since December 1996. The ride on the "G" provides expansive vistas of the San Juan Mountains, Aspen-cloaked mesas and sun-struck waterfalls as well as a bird's eye view of both towns. On a clear day, riders can see all the way to the La Sal Range in Utah, but the views aren't the Gondola's only attribute: It's also the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the United States.
The Gondola offers free, seasonal transportation for the public with handicap accessible and pet-friendly cars for your furry friends. From Telluride to Mountain Village, the ride is approximately 13 minutes in length, and eliminates the 20 minute, 8-mile drive between Telluride and Mountain Village. Conveniently, the Gondola cars offer racks for ski and snowboard transportation during the winter season, and racks for bicycle transportation during the summer season. Extended hours for the Gondola are offered for special events. Be sure to check with your Gondola operator for confirmation on these extended hours.