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Silver Queen Gondola

520 East Durant Avenue | Aspen, CO | Official website
Silver Queen Gondola Photo info
Courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Board
  • Type: Recreation, Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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The Silver Queen Gondola travels 2½ miles from the heart of Aspen to the 11,000-foot-high summit of Aspen Mountain. Once you reach the top, there are plenty of opportunities to hike, dine and even take in some live music. Despite the promise of a fantastic view, some travelers say that gondola tickets are as steep as the incline. Daily passes cost $23 for adults and teens and $9 for children ages 4 to 12.

Despite the relatively high prices, most travelers agree that a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola is a must for summer visitors to Aspen. "Words are not going to give the views justice," one TripAdvisor user wrote. "The only thing I would warn is that if you have a person with you who is even slightly afraid of heights, do not take them on this!"

The ride up the mountain takes approximately 20 minutes; once you reach the summit, you'll find a full-service restaurant, several hiking trails and a variety of outdoor activities (including guided nature walks offered by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies). You can catch the Silver Queen Gondola from downtown Aspen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. every day from June through September. For more information, check out the gondola website.

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