Estes Park Free Shuttles Hit The Road This Saturday
On Saturday, June 25, the Town of Estes Park’s Free Shuttles will launch for the sixth season, offering visitors and residents convenient, environmentally responsible transportation. Originating at the Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Avenue, shuttles transport riders to more than 40 stops throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Operating daily from June 25 through September 11, shuttles make it convenient for residents and visitors to leave their vehicles at a lodging facility or parking lot and travel around town during the busy summer season. New this year, an additional route has been added to service the new Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride. In response to community requests, shuttles will run 11 additional days in August and September and service has been extended by one hour in the evening on all routes.
The Estes Park Free Shuttle system consists of four routes, all of which bring riders to the core downtown area. The new Silver Route services the recently completed Park-n-Ride at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The Blue Route services Big Thompson Avenue (U.S. 34 east of downtown). The Red Route services Fall River Road (U.S. 34 west of downtown) and the Brown Route services campgrounds and other establishments in outlying areas to the south and west of town.
The Silver Route shuttle leaves the new Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. to travel to the Estes Park Visitor Center, where riders can enjoy a short walk into downtown or connect with other shuttles. Convenient to motorists on U.S. 36, the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride is on Manford Avenue and has more than 400 paved parking spaces and a bus shelter.
When necessary during special events, overflow parking and extended shuttle service will be available at the Estes Park Middle School/High School parking lot, 1500 Manford Ave. This additional parking, just two blocks from the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride, was made possible through a special project by Estes Park Middle School students – the “Shuttle Bugs” – to encourage more people to ride the Town’s free shuttles. Signs will be posted at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride when the overflow parking with shuttle service is activated at the Middle School.
The Blue Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every half hour beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The entire route is completed in 30 minutes. The Blue Route shuttle travels east down U.S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue with stops at the Budget Host, Best Western, Grumpy Gringo, Lake Estes Marina, Ride-A-
Kart, KOA, Rodeway Inn, Lower Stanley Village, the Stanley Hotel, Rocky Mountain Traders and Barlow Plaza.
The Red Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every half hour beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. The entire route is completed in 30 minutes. The Red Route shuttle travels west and down Fall River Road with stops at Town Hall, Timber Creek Chalets, Fall River Visitor Center, McGregor Mountain Lodge, Estes Park Condos, Boulder Brook, Stonebrook Resort, Nicky’s Resort, 4 Seasons on Fall River, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, Grubsteak, Rocky Mountain Traders and Barlow Plaza.
The Blue and Red Routes operate as one combined shuttle from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The two routes are combined to make a larger loop with the shuttle leaving the Visitor Center at 7 p.m. for the Blue Route east down U.S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue. The shuttle then returns to the Visitor Center before traveling the Red Route west and down Fall River Road at 7:30 p.m., returning to the Visitor Center at 8 p.m. The combined route is repeated again until 10 p.m., when the shuttle ceases operations for the day at the Estes Park Visitor Center.
The Brown Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every hour from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., ceasing operations at 9 p.m. The entire route is completed in one hour. The Brown Route shuttle travels southwest with stops at Marys Lake Lodge, Mary’s Lake Campground, National Park Village, Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Park, Estes Park Campground, Estes Park Center – YMCA, Glacier Lodge, Rockmount Cottages, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, National Park Village, Worldmark, Piccadilly Square and Barlow Plaza.
A map of the shuttle routes is available on the News Desk at www.estes.org and at www.visitestespark.com. For more information about Estes Park’s shuttle routes, please contact the Estes Park Convention & Visitors Bureau at 970-577-9900. Shuttles connect with Rocky Mountain National Park’s Hiker Shuttle, which also departs from the Estes Park Visitor Center. For more information on the Hiker Shuttle, please contact Rocky Mountain National Park at 970-586-1206.