Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors on a scenic Sky RideRecently included in Conde Nast Traveler's "The Best Fall Getaways from NYC"


to avoid disappointment

Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors of the Finger Lakes from the Comet Express chairlift to the summit of Bristol Mountain. This tranquil 15-20 minute ride is for people of all ages to experience the Bristol Hills and the valley below in all its splendor.

Planning your visit? Consider climbing or zipping at Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures located at the summit of the mountain, taking one of the hikes listed below, or check out this great list of things to do in the area.

Current COVID-19 operating procedures.


Saturdays & Sundays
starting September 11th through the fall
(plus Columbus Day, Monday, October 11th)
12pm – 4pm

Printable map & hike information
Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures


(ages 3+)
$12 per person (3+ days prior)
$15 per person (less then 3 days prior)
(ages 2 & younger)
GROUPS (15 or more)*
Book groups online here.
$10 per person
Purchase Tickets

Once tickets are sold out online they are sold out. There is no walk-up ticket availability for sold out time slots.

Bristol Mountain Executive Season Passholders must call (585) 374-6000 to reserve their complimentary Fall Sky Ride experience.

Please note: Admission is limited. We can’t guarantee availability during your desired time slot. Reserve early to avoid disappointment during peak times. 

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Purchase Fall Sky Ride Tickets online here.

Reservations recommended to avoid disappointment. Time slots can fill up many days in advance. 


Morning Star View Point

Walk past Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures across the Halle Bop trail to the Morning Star Lift Terminal. Offers views south down the Bristol Valley.

Distance: .4 miles roundtrip from the Comet Express.
Difficulty: Beginner. Level with one small moderate incline.

Rocket View Point

Hike down the Ursa Major trail, down a short distance on the Rocket Trail to the knoll overlook. The hike offers views north up the Bristol Valley and a glimpse of Canandaigua Lake.

Distance: .5 miles roundtrip from the Comet Express
Difficulty: Intermediate/Expert.

Comet View Point

Hike down Haley’s Road to the top of the Comet Trail and the Comet Race Building. Views are east across the Bristol Valley and south down Haley’s Run across the Bristol Valley.

Distance: .35 miles roundtrip from the Comet Express
Difficulty: Intermediate

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Printable map & hike information.

Hikes at the Summit

Aries Cross-Country Trail

Hike through the woods on the Aries Cross-Country Trail. A mostly level hike with a few moderate inclines and declines.

Distance: .85 mile loop from the Comet Express
Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Bristol Ridgeline Walk

Walk along the Bristol Mountain ridgeline on the Space Walk trail to the Galaxy Express Lift Terminal and catch glimpses of the Bristol Valley from multiple view points.

Distance: .5 mile roundtrip from the Comet Express
Difficulty: Beginner

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Printable map & hike information.

Easy Hikes Down

Halle Bopp > Milky Way > Eclipse > Infinity

Follows the primary access road down the mountain. Stop at the Morning Star View Point for views south down the Bristol Valley. Enjoy this gradual and scenic hike down the mountain!

Distance: 2 miles one way
Difficulty: Intermediate

Haley’s Run > Sunbelt > Shooting Star > Eclipse > Infinity

Hike down the mountain while enjoying views south down the Bristol Valley. Take a quick stop near the summit at the Comet View Point for views east across the valley.

Distance: 1.6 miles one way
Difficulty: Intermediate

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Printable map & hike information.

Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventures

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Additional Information

  • In order to ride the chairlift all passengers must have the ability to not only ride the chairlift but to also be evacuated from the chair and the terrain below. Passengers must be able to get on and off the chairlift without assistance.
  • There is a maximum of 4 per chair.
  • If you are unfamiliar with the use of the lift please ask the operator for instructions.
  • For the safety of your pet, no pets or service animals are allowed on the chairlift.
  • Visitors may ride the Comet Express from the summit to the base or hike down via recommended (marked) trails.

What to wear

  • Sturdy closed‐toed footwear is highly recommended. We recommend sneakers, hiking boots, or close toed shoes.


  • Do not load until instructed by the operator.
  • Check for loose clothing and equipment. Remove and carry backpacks in laps.
  • Wait for a chair to pass by and follow it out onto the deck to the red line where indicated.
  • Turn to watch for oncoming chair and sit in the chair.
  • Lower bar when clear of ramp.


  • All passengers must unload at the top and bottom.
  • Passengers will unload at the top of the lift and exit the ramp.
  • You may reload the chair at the direction of the lift attendant. Waiting period to reload may vary depending on traffic.


  • Children must sit independently (not being held or in a lap).
  • Children ages 2 and younger must be adequately secured by a car seat or front baby carrier provided by guest while riding the chairlift.
  • Children under 4 feet tall must be accompanied by an adult while riding the chairlift.