The simplest and most stress-free way to steer through Estes Park is via the free shuttle system. The new downtown trolley and shuttle bus routes allow you to park the car, bus or RV at one of the major hubs and be on your way. You no longer need to listen to the GPS ‘recalculate' or to all five back-seat drivers offering advice on where to park. The five town shuttle routes and the Rocky Mountain National Park hiker shuttle are easy to navigate and will get you just about anywhere you want to go.
The largest parking area is the Park & Ride stop located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park on Manford Avenue, just east of Highway 7 and south of Highway 36. The fairgrounds stop has ample parking and access to the Silver and Rocky Mountain National Park hiker shuttle. Public restrooms also are found at this location. The Silver shuttle stops at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride, Estes Park Visitor Center, Estes Park Conference Center, Stonebridge Apartments (on Graves Avenue) and Solitude Cabins.
The Estes Park Visitor Center offers guests parking, restrooms and access to all five town shuttles, including the downtown trolley, as well as the Rocky Mountain National Park hiker shuttle. Located at 500 Big Thompson Avenue, the visitor center also provides free Wi-Fi and visitor information. The building is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday during the summer months.
With shuttle routes passing nearly every lodging property in the Estes Valley, you likely can hop on very close to your hotel - avoiding driving and parking altogether. View and download the shuttle map (pdf) to locate the route closest to your hotel or cabin. All town shuttles link to the Rocky Mountain National Park hiker shuttle as well, so park access is virtually outside your door!
There are five Estes Park town shuttle routes and three Rocky Mountain National Park shuttles, covering all highways and major routes through the Estes Valley. A handicapped-accessible bus is available by calling 970-577-9900. Transportation to Trail Ridge Road is provided through tours.
In 2013, town shuttles will operate daily from June 21 through September 8, as well as September 14-15. You can also download a pdf of the shuttle map & schedule.
The Rocky Mountain National Park shuttles operate from late May through early October and offer hikers and day-trippers easy access to the most frequented areas of the park. Entry fees do apply and park passes are available for purchase at the Estes Park Visitor Center and the Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Center. Due to construction on Bear Lake Rd., there may be delays for routes within the park. View and download a map of the park shuttles here: NPS.gov/ROMO.