Park All Day and Ride the Shuttles
The way we recommend doing it - park your car, and forget about it until you’re ready to head back to wherever you’re staying. Then either ride the shuttles or put your legs to work and walk around enjoying the crisp Rocky Mountain air and epic views around town.
The Estes Park Visitor Center (Lot 3 on the map) and its parking structure (Lot 4) along with the Estes Park Events Complex Park-n-Ride (Lot 1, inset) offers the largest number of parking spots and easy access to the free shuttles (full schedule below). The Visitor Center is also where you pick up the Hiker Shuttle into Rocky Mountain National Park.
The other lots offering all-day parking may be closer to town, but do not offer the same amount of available parking spots. Other all-day lots can be found in purple on the map.
The Visitor Center (Lot 3), Town Hall (Lot 4) and Events Complex Park-n-Ride (Lot 1) are your options if you’re looking to park a bus, trailer, or RV.
If you’re looking for a shorter stop in town, for a quick shopping excursion, or to grab some food – you may want to look into 1 or 3 hour parking. These are scattered across town in smaller lots (orange on the map) but offer the convenience to get closer to where you want to go.
Hop on a Shuttle
View the full map and shuttle schedule(pdf) here.
Estes Transit offers shuttles circulating the valley from 9am to 9pm (the last trip begins at 8:30pm). This is a great way to get around town (after parking in an all-day lot) and not having to worry about driving around or finding new parking, while still taking time to enjoy all Estes has to offer. These shuttles will operate June 22, 2019, through September 8, 2019.
If you want to get out on the trails and explore Rocky Mountain National Park, you still don’t need to move your car! The Hike Shuttle Express Route leaves from the Estes Park Visitor Center and goes to the Bear Lake Park & Ride beginning May 25, 2019 and running all the way through September 13, 2019. It will also run on weekends only from September 14 to October 20, 2019. Beginning at 7:30am, the shuttle leaves hourly! From 10am to 6pm a shuttle leaves every thirty minutes, and from 6-8pm the Express Hiker Shuttle returns to hourly service.
From the Bear Lake Park & Ride, you have access to 11 different stops along the East side of the park. Parking lots in Rocky fill up early in the summer, especially on weekends, so the shuttle allows you to get into the park, without worrying about parking – it’s important to note, you still need to have an entrance pass, you can purchase those online here. Not only can you access many different trailheads with the shuttle – you can also create a point-to-point hike, without having to worry about managing multiple cars and transporting people. One popular route is from Bear Lake to Cub Lake Trailhead, on which you can see Bear Lake, Odessa Lake, Fern Lake, Fern Falls and more!