To enter Rocky Mountain National Park between May 28 and October 11 two things are required: a timed entry permit PLUS a park pass or entrance fee. Use these tips to plan your trip into Rocky Mountain National Park.
The Town of Estes Park operates six, free, seasonal, in-town shuttle routes allowing you to get around town either from your lodging, or by parking at one of the large (free) hubs in Estes.
Rocky Mountain National Park is operating shuttles solely in the Bear Lake Corridor this year (2021) - don't forget your reservation. The Hiker Shuttle is not running.
Download the 2021 Estes Transit Shuttle Map & Brochure.
The Rocky Mountain National Park shuttles operate from May 27 through October 18 and offer transportation from the Bear Lake Park and Ride along the Bear Lake corridor. Entry fees do apply and park passes are available for purchase at Rocky Mountain National Park Visitor Center and entrance stations. You can also buy 1-day, 7-day, and annual passes online here. View and download a map of the park shuttles here.
The Hiker Shuttle from the Estes Park Visitor Center into Rocky Mountain National Park will not be operating this (2021) summer. In order to practice proper social distancing to minimize community spread of COVID-19, the capacity of the shuttle buses in the Bear Lake Corridor will be limited to 15 passengers per trip.
The largest parking area is the Park & Ride stop located at the Estes Park Events Complex at Stanley Park at 1209 Manford Avenue, just east of Highway 7 and south of Highway 36. This parking lot is serviced by the Green and Silver Route daily, while season shuttles are in operation. Public restrooms also are found at this location.
The Town of Estes Park Visitor Center offers guests parking, with the new Estes Park Parking Structure hosting 415 spots, restrooms and access to all six town shuttles, including the downtown trolley. Located at 500 Big Thompson Avenue, the visitor center also provides free Wi-Fi and visitor information.
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.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, Estes Transit will begin providing weekly transportation service using the Town’s new fully-electric trolley. This new “winter service pilot program” is completely free and available for passengers of all ages and abilities. Reservations are not required and the trolley is fully equipped with a wheelchair lift. The new service will run continuously from 2– 5 p.m. each Wednesday through May 26, 2021, serving the following fixed route of stops:
Stop Approximate Departure Time