If you’re heading to Telluride to ski, chances are you’ll actually be bouncing back and forth between the town of Telluride and the town of Mountain Village, where the ski resort is located. Delightfully, the main method of transportation between the two areas is a free pedestrian gondola that takes passengers on a 13-minute ride—and offers some of the best views around. Even better, the gondola runs from 6:30 a.m. until midnight so, if you’re out late enjoying the nightlife, you’ll still be able to make it back to your hotel room.

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Not every highlight in Telluride requires that you try a new sport. One of the most popular ways of traveling in the area is on the free gondola that connects Telluride with Mountain Village. The 13-minute ride takes you soaring above the box canyon, with jaw-dropping views of the surrounding peaks of the San Juan Mountains in every direction. Gondola cabins are equipped to take bikes in the summer, while pet-friendly cabins let you bring your four-legged travel companion with you. As you enjoy the clean and crisp air of Telluride, give some of the credit to the gondola. It has succeeded at one of its primary goals—reducing car traffic in the area.

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