Dawn Wilson Downtown Estes Park

Estes Park Construction Information

Pardon our mess! Crews are working to improve access to and from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Improvements made throughout the construction period will not only reduce travel time to the national park but also relieve congestion and pedestrian/vehicle conflicts through downtown Estes Park. Visitors will experience traffic impacts such as single-lane closures and detours through Summer/Fall 2024. Construction is expected to conclude by January 2025.


What to expect this summer

Visitors should expect traffic impacts such as one-lane closures on East Riverside Drive, Moraine Avenue/US 36 and East Elkhorn Avenue.

How will construction relieve congestion and reduce travel time?

The Downtown Estes Loop Project will implement one-way traffic patterns and a roundabout in strategic locations to improve traffic flow to and from the national park.

Where can I learn more?

Learn more about the project, find weekly updates about current traffic impacts or take a look at the project’s frequently asked questions.

Businesses are open during construction!

Access to many local businesses will change during the project but they are open and ready to make trips to Estes Park memorable.


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

Other construction

  • The Fall River Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park is under construction to improve visitor access to the national park. More information here.
Downtown Loop final traffic configuration
estes loop map with directional arrows

Estes Park's downtown loop final traffic configuration, scheduled to be completed in January 2025.

Project Milestones

Since construction began in 2023, the work to create a 1.1-mile loop of Elkhorn Avenue, Moraine Avenue and Riverside Drive has resulted in:

  • New river bridge and river channel work
  • Improvements to sidewalks, curbs and gutters along W. Riverside Drive
  • A new retaining wall and paving on W. Riverside Drive 
  • New signals at the Elkhorn Ave at Virginia Drive & Moraine Ave intersections
  • Storm sewer system at Crags Drive and Moraine Ave
  • Three-quarters of the Crags Drive roundabout completed

Learn more about the project: downtownestesloop.com