Scenic Gondola Rides

Ride the Catskill Thunder Gondola

Closed until Summer 2023

Take the Catskill Thunder Gondola to the summit of Belleayre Mountain for breathtaking views of the Catskill Forest Preserve.

Once you’ve reached the top, you can take a walk along the summit, have a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the peace and quiet. When you’re ready, you can either hike or take the gondola back down. Either way, bring your camera! You are sure to get some beautiful shots of the mountains and the wildlife.

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Additional Details
  • Guests 6 years and & under may receive a complimentary lift ticket with a paid adult ticket and must ride in the gondola cabin with an adult.
  • As much as we love our fur babies, pets are not allowed to ride on the gondola.
  • Gondola Tickets are available for purchase online or at the Guest Service ticket location inside the Discovery Lodge.
  • Gondola operating time is subject to change/closure at any time due to any circumstances including weather.
  • 2022/23 winter season passholders can ride the gondola for free anytime during normal operating hours – excludes special events.
  • Lift access for mountain biking is not available at this time.

Covid Safety Information

Before riding the Catskill Thunder Gondola, make sure to read through our Health & Safety Information page.
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Gondola Schedule

The Catskill Thunder Gondola will be operating weekends and select midweek days from June 24 through October 9.
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View the rates for scenic gondola rides.  Winter 2022/23 season passholders can ride the gondola for free during normal operating hours.
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Groups must consist of 15 or more people and reservations are required.
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Gondola Schedule

2022 Summer Season Hours and Dates:

Summer Season:  July 1 through September 5
Friday, Saturday & Sundays
10am to 5pm

Additional Summer Days
July 4 & September 5
10am to 5pm

Autumn Season:  September 10 through October 9
Saturday & Sundays
10am to 5pm

Please Note:

The last round-trip gondola ride is at 5:00pm.
The last ride down from the summit is at 5:15pm.

The weather may affect lift operations. Dates and times are subject to change.


Ages 20 - 64
Ages 65+
Ages 7 - 19
6 & Under
Ages 0 - 6
*Children 6 & Under are free with a paid adult ticket. Children must ride with adults in the same gondola cabin.

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2022/23 winter season passes include gondola access for scenic skyrides and hiking during the summer and fall during scheduled operating hours. (Excludes special events).

Scenic Gondola rides are also available during the ski season when the gondola is operating for the day.  Please visit the Snow Report page to see if Catskill Thunder is scheduled to run.

Group Information

Group gondola rides are available by appointment only.  Groups must consist of 15 or more people. Please fill out our online form for more information, rates, and to make a group reservation.

Reservations are required for all groups.  If you show up more than a half-hour past your reservation start time, the gondola will not operate and your deposit will be forfeited.

* It is very important to come on time as there are other groups at the mountain! If you are running late please call the mountain and let us know so that we can do our best to accommodate you.

View of the Catskill Mountains from the Catskill Thunder Gondola