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photoblog image Looking Down on Telluride...

Looking Down on Telluride...

                   .... 1,790 feet below ...  

 

The air was thick with smoke from the 416 Wildfire near Durango when we took the Gondola from Telluride (8,750' elevation) to San Sophia Station.  But we could still see the magnificent San Juans and the lovely valley below.

 

About the Gondola:

 

One of a Kind Experience

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. This 8-mile, 13-minute ride the ride offers incredible 365-degree views of the San Juan mountains.  Taking a ride on the “G” is an experience that cannot be replicated and is a must do while visiting!

 

The Gondola consists of 2 parts and 4 stations. Begin your journey at Telluride Station and take in the beauty of town from above. The Gondola then reaches its summit of 10,540 feet at San Sophia Station. 


At its core, the free gondola is transportation, meant to provide a simple and clean commuting option. All the electricity used to operate the Gondola is provided by wind and solar power. The cabins serve as lifts for skiers & snowboarders, mountain bikers, hikers, and tourists & locals alike.

 

Looking Down on Telluride...

                   .... 1,790 feet below ...  

 

The air was thick with smoke from the 416 Wildfire near Durango when we took the Gondola from Telluride (8,750' elevation) to San Sophia Station.  But we could still see the magnificent San Juans and the lovely valley below.

 

About the Gondola:

 

One of a Kind Experience

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. This 8-mile, 13-minute ride the ride offers incredible 365-degree views of the San Juan mountains.  Taking a ride on the “G” is an experience that cannot be replicated and is a must do while visiting!

 

The Gondola consists of 2 parts and 4 stations. Begin your journey at Telluride Station and take in the beauty of town from above. The Gondola then reaches its summit of 10,540 feet at San Sophia Station. 


At its core, the free gondola is transportation, meant to provide a simple and clean commuting option. All the electricity used to operate the Gondola is provided by wind and solar power. The cabins serve as lifts for skiers & snowboarders, mountain bikers, hikers, and tourists & locals alike.

 

comments (18)

Great shot Elizabeth, I like how you can see the whole town, the smoke is evident though, it was a fun ride!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Frank! This is the shot I was trying to get - with the ski lift... smile It was fun!
Superbe paysage.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is, Martine!
The rest of the States can learn from this tourist-friendly option, Elizabeth...especially the free part! The sun and wind are FREE too! We all need to tap into them.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's exactly right, Ginnie! Of course, not every community is as monied as Telluride... smile
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:06
What a bonus - a great experience and free! I hope this is a series, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Wonderful isn't it!
It is the start of a series on our recent Colorado / Wyoming adventures!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:08
The scale of this just astounds me and the gondola system is a brilliant idea
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You'll understand, then, why I could never live far from mountains! Growing up near the splendor of the Rockies...
Yes - that gondola idea should be duplicated!
Did you get any pictures from the ski lift? Fantastic view
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The ski lift wasn't running, but the Gondola line crosses it 3/4 of the way up, and the station is perhaps 200 feet from the ski lift drop.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2018, 07:46
Now thanks to you, I have experienced this for myself smile I walked back down to enjoy the ever-changing views of the town below. I'd forgotten it was free, though - a good excuse to go back and doo it again!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's great fun - and quite fast.... so you can go up - walk down - go back up - and ride back down... smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Jul 2018, 08:17
This is very much like Switzerland.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I suppose it would be!
Beautiful scene below, as for the gondola, not my thing at all!!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is a lovely view! Oh I'm sorry - but we just love this kind of thing! It was great fun!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jul 2018, 11:41
All those empty chairs, down into infinity ...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Just wait until the snow... smile
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 9 Jul 2018, 12:46
Wow!! What a gorgeous view down into the valley!! Thank you for the write-up!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's such a beautiful place, Steven - have you ever been?
You're welcome!
Spectacular view from this elevation despite the wildfire smoke, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it fantastic! Thank you, Beverly!
An amazing viewpoint. what an experience you must have had!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I cannot live without mountains! And I'm so pleased to be able to share them with you!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Jul 2018, 17:42
wow, this is fantastic
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Sherri - I can never live far from mountains!
Fabulous way to see that wonderful landscape.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed, Mary - a favorite thing for me!
Sounds like a great ride, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Fantastic!
Beautiful view...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Amazing, isn't it!
  • Harry
  • USA
  • 10 Jul 2018, 02:00
I envy you. My visit to Durango/Telluride was in 1990 or 1001, so I didn't have a chance to ride.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Awe - never too late, Harry! smile

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