You have parking options in Aspen. Parking at the Rio Grande Parking Plaza located just off Main Street on N. Mill Street is only $1.50 per hour or $10 per day max (and free on Sundays). For a real deal on parking in Aspen, purchase a 10-day punch pass for the plaza for $50. The Galena Street Shuttle stops in front of the garage every 5 to 7 minutes from 8am to 5pm and will drop you off in front of The Little Nell next adjacent the gondola plaza.
Park in residential areas for $8 and walk to the gondola. Daily permits are available at the airport parking kiosk, City Hall, Wheeler Opera House and City Markets. Short-term parking in pay-and-display metered spaces are enforced Monday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm and will cost you anywhere from $4 to $6 per hour depending on the time of day. Parking is free on Sundays.
Of course, you can also take a free ride on any Aspen-bound RFTA bus to the Rubey Park Transit Station from the Intercept Lot, Snowmass Village Mall, Aspen Highlands or Buttermilk. The walk to the Silver Queen Gondola is only 1 ½ blocks from Rubey Park.