Silver Queen Gondola

#7 in Best Things To Do in Aspen
Silver Queen Gondola
Courtesy of the Colorado Tourism Board

Key Info

520 East Durant Avenue

Price & Hours

$21 for adults and kids
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

The Silver Queen Gondola travels 2.5 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. A sundeck and eatery greets visitors at the top of the mountain and makes for a great spot to relax, grab a drink or a bite and take photos of the surrounding landscape.

Despite the promise of a fantastic view, some travelers say that gondola tickets are as steep as the incline. (You can save some coin by purchasing your tickets in advance.) Even though the prices are high, travelers agree that a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola is a must for visitors to Aspen, citing the fantastic views and the enjoyable journey up the mountain.

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 in the summer, and during Aspen Mountain's regular operating hours from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the winter. For more information, check out the gondola website.

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