Scenic Tram – Monarch Crest, CO

This lift operates in summer only but can be seen from nearby Monarch Mountain ski area, which used to operate it.
Both stations are inside buildings that get locked up for the winter.
There are six cabins on the lift that hold four passengers each.
Upgraded controls at the ticket booth.
Drive bullwheel.
The entire line stops whenever passengers load and unload.
The line reaches a maximum speed of 400 feet a minutes.
Cabin manufactured by Atlas Engineering in Salt Lake City.
View down the lift line.
Tower 4.
A green cabin up top.
The tension carriage.
Breakover seen from the top observation deck at over 12,000 feet.
Counterweight behind the return terminal building.
Passengers go around the bullwheel before unloading at each station.
Upper terminal overview.
The breakover with Monarch Mountain in the background.
Another look at towers 5-7.
Tower 2.
There are two each of green, yellow and red cabins.
Lift overview.
All the towers except the first one.

7 thoughts on “Scenic Tram – Monarch Crest, CO

  1. Duncan October 25, 2018 / 3:06 pm

    I’ve been looking for pictures of this for ages, ever since I saw this lift on the way to telluride! When did you upload this? I completely missed it.


    • Peter Landsman October 25, 2018 / 6:49 pm

      I finally made it on this lift in August. Just down to Silverton, Cranor Hill and Lake City Ski Hill I need to get to in Colorado.


  2. milanyvr November 14, 2019 / 9:45 pm

    This attraction looks a bit dodgy. Im a fan of old ski lifts however it looks pretty poorly maintained. The sign on the terminal adds my point, lol.


    • Dave Yost November 4, 2022 / 5:12 pm

      Not clear how the sign on a terminal indicates poor maintenance. LOL.


  3. Somebodyelse June 27, 2022 / 12:43 pm

    Wow, I haven’t see the old Heron grip in use since the Thunderbird double chair at Snoqualmie Summit, which used a single grip version.


  4. Skier June 27, 2022 / 10:40 pm

    Can anybody explain how the clamping force on this grip works? I’ve only ever seen blurry old black and white photos of it. It’s cool that there’s still one out there. I’m guessing this is the only lift left with a grip like this, or are there others?


  5. liftnerd April 13, 2023 / 7:16 pm

    Did Atlas Engineering build cabins for any other lifts?


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