Crews are working to improve access to and from Rocky Mountain National Park. 

A major road construction project is underway in Estes Park, one that will alter the way guests and residents move around town. And until it is completed in the winter of 2024, a range of traffic impacts are expected. Here is what you need to know.


The highlights
  • When complete, it will be easier to access Rocky Mountain National Park and to return downtown from it.

  • A one-way loop will replace current two-way roads, easing congestion and reducing travel time to and from the national park.

  • Local businesses are open and excited to be of service.

  • Traffic impacts from construction will be minimized by:

    • Completing aspects of the project that require full road closures during the late fall and winter.

    • Limiting single-lane closures during the summer and early fall to Monday through Thursday each week.

  • Find current traffic impacts here.

Project schedule

Construction began in January of 2023 and is expected to be complete in the winter of 2024. Aspects of the project that require full road closures will take place January through June, pause during the summer and early fall and then resume October through December. Less disruptive work requiring only single lane closures will take place June through October, Monday through Thursday. 


Avoid the construction by parking at the Riverwalk Parking Garage (691 N. St. Vrain Ave.) for free. The garage offers 415 parking spots, accessible spaces and electric vehicle charging stations. It is conveniently located within walking distance to downtown and is the hub for all of the free, seasonal Town of Estes Park shuttles.

Local businesses are open

Access to many local businesses will change during the project but they are open and ready to make trips to Estes Park memorable. Stop in while you're in town and show them a little love.

Project timeline and traffic impacts
loop project timeline

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