Moab Scenic Tram, UT

After offline cabins were damaged by vandals, new ones were ordered and kept hanging out of reach.
Unique bottom terminal building.
Portal tower 1.
This has to be one of the newest gondolas out there with non-hydraulic tensioning and non-level boarding.
The lift line. It’s short.
CWA Omegas damaged beyond repair.

25 thoughts on “Moab Scenic Tram, UT

  1. Carson March 24, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Do you know what side this lift goes up? Clock side or counter clock wise?


  2. ALT2870 March 24, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    CCW based upon the cabin door opening/closing assemblies.


  3. Carson June 12, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Does anyone now who the owner is


    • Peter Landsman June 12, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      William and Pamela Jewett of Nevada, John Dunning of Florida and a few other partners.


  4. Carson June 12, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Is it for sale?


  5. snowbasinlocal12894 July 14, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    My friend went down to Moab and he rode this gondola and its up and running. Its not abandoned. Also the link from Utah to Moab senic tram takes you straight to this and not the spreadsheet.


    • Henry January 26, 2022 / 7:33 pm

      I go there every year and it has never been open he probably be thinking of another gondola because it never opened


  6. Carson July 14, 2018 / 10:48 pm



  7. Peter Landsman July 14, 2018 / 10:53 pm

    Any details? I find it unlikely that gondola reopened…errrr…ever opened.


  8. Carson July 15, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Same I doubt it ever opened


    • snowbasinlocal12894 July 15, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      All I can tell you that my friend who went camping in moab a took a ride on this lift. About 4 days ago. Im not sure if its really open or not


      • Andy July 15, 2018 / 4:41 pm

        In this age of social media, nobody goes camping without a camera or a smart cell phone. Where’s the pics ? 🙂

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      • Adam February 24, 2019 / 11:08 pm

        he would have been hiking


      • henry January 26, 2022 / 7:36 pm

        not possibe


      • 9412vcummins February 5, 2022 / 11:14 am

        If you look at the rest of the comments he was full of horse huey.


  9. Carson July 15, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    There is one thing the lift has so much damage could they get it up and running in less than a few months I was in Moab in the spring and was not running. I think your friend was lying I will contact some locals down there and ask.

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  10. AM July 15, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Me too. I was there 2 weeks ago and there was no signs of life, and our hotel was a two minute walk from it. I could actually see it from my room.


  11. AM July 15, 2018 / 11:12 pm

    Sorry, not that recently, but still, it wasn’t running.


  12. pnwrider December 15, 2019 / 8:21 am

    There is a group attempting to bring this lift back to life and really develop it, this is their website:

    I did some digging around their website and found the statistics they listed about the Moab Scenic Tram to be rather… eyebrow raising:
    “The Tramway has a 200 horsepower DC motor, capable of running up to 1,700 RPM, and can run with a minimum of 60 hp. It can transport a maximum of 350 visitors per hour along 1,000 feet of cable, 450 feet in elevation at speeds up to 35 mph.”

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    • Phoenix April 9, 2020 / 12:38 am

      35 mph is 15.6 m/s or 3080 fpm. There’s no way whatsoever that could possibly be true. Even the most advanced gondola I currently know of, the Giggijochbahn cable car in Austria, only runs at 6.5 m/s.

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    • pbropetech February 5, 2022 / 12:35 pm

      A 1700-rpm motor is pretty much standard, as is the 200-hp rated power (at least on a fixed-grip chairlift- we have a spare motor of that designation because we have at least five lifts that could use it in a pinch). 35 MPH, however….


    • Utah Lost Ski Area Project February 5, 2022 / 12:55 pm

      I wonder if the “…at speeds up to 35 mph” is referring to how much wind the lift can operate in rather than the line speed.


  13. thebetakiwi July 27, 2020 / 4:19 pm

    I would love to ask the owner if I can have one of the abandoned ones at the bottom and take it to my house


  14. S.L. Skis March 1, 2021 / 4:13 pm

    From my understanding they were never allowed to operate because they disagreed about the reclamation bond. And so there it’s sat, rusting, for 20 years, never once used.

    Moab tram and scam.


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