Gondola Rides at Belleayre

Ride the Catskill Thunder Gondola

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.
  • 2024/25 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.

Gondola Schedule

The Catskill Thunder Gondola will be operating weekends and select midweek days from June 28 through October 13.
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View the rates for scenic gondola rides.  Winter 2024/25 season passholders can ride the gondola for free during normal operating hours.
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Groups must consist of 20 or more people and reservations are required.
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Gondola Schedule

The Catskill Thunder Gondola will be open starting June 28 and run through October 13, 2024.

Summer Season:  June 28 through September 2
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays

  • June 28 Through July 7
    Friday, Saturday, and Sundays
    10am to 5pm
  • July 12 Through September 2
    Noon to 7:30pm

    Saturday & Sundays
    10am to 5pm

  • Additional Summer Days:
    July 4 and September 2
    10am to 5pm

Autumn Season:  September 3 Through October 13
Open Saturday and Sundays
10am to 5pm

Please Note:

The last ride down from the summit is at 5:15pm

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


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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.
Military Tickets
Military discounts are available for active military and their dependents, US Military Veterans, and members of the US Reserves & National Guard. All of our military discount cards will be verified by ID.me. ID.me instantly verifies your military status online and you will not have to upload any documents.

2024/25 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 20 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