The free gondola ride will have safety measures put in place for riders.

Colorado is slowly reopening after months of COVID-19 related shutdowns, and the ever-popular gondola in Telluride has finally opened for the 2020 summer season.

The gondola connects the town of Telluride to the Mountain Village and is always free. Daily operating hours are 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day, weather permitting. Some changes to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be requiring masks for all passengers; if passengers do not have a mask, they can ask an operator and one will be provided. Courtesy hand sanitizer will be provided for passengers as well. Unrelated parties will not be permitted to share a gondola.

Check out the full set of gondola rules below:

Gondola rules
Courtesy of the town of Mountain Village

The Telluride gondola is one of the most unique modes of transportation in Colorado and treats riders to breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains. Constructed in 1996, it was the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the country, according to the town of Mountain Village. It was originally built to improve air quality when the ski area was expanding. The gondola normally runs about three million passengers a year and has made over 50 million passenger trips since it opened.  

Traveling at a speed of 11 miles per hour, it reaches its highest point at 10,540 feet above sea level.

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