Estes Park Free Shuttles To Begin Daily Service June 21
On Friday, June 21 the Town of Estes Park’s Free Shuttles will launch its eighth season, offering visitors and residents convenient, environmentally responsible transportation. Shuttles transport riders to more than 55 stops throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Operating daily from June 21 through September 8, and September 14-15, shuttles make it convenient for residents and visitors to leave their vehicles at a lodging facility or park-n-ride lot and travel around town during the busy summer season.
The 2013 shuttle system offers several significant changes. Increased hours, new stops, and dates of service have been added to the regular shuttle season, as well as a new fifth route using the new Town trolley. The shuttles will continue to feature the real-time tracking. Passengers will be able to determine actual arrival times by visiting the Town’s website at www.estes.org/shuttles and entering a “stop code” for their location.
The Estes Park Free Shuttle system consists of five routes, all of which bring riders to the core downtown area. The Silver Route services the Park-n-Ride at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. The Blue Route services Big Thompson Avenue (U.S. 34 east of downtown) and three new stops along Dry Gulch Road. The Red Route services Fall River Road (U.S. 34 west of downtown), the Brown Route services campgrounds and other establishments in outlying areas to the south and west of town and the new Gold Route serves the Elkhorn Avenue downtown with the new Town trolley.
Beginning June 21, the Silver Route shuttle leaves the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride for the Estes Park Visitor Center every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. From there riders can enjoy a short walk into downtown or connect with other shuttles and the trolley. Convenient for motorists on U.S. 36 and residents who work downtown, the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride is on Manford Avenue and has more than 400 paved parking spaces and a bus shelter. The Silver Route makes additional stops at the Estes Park Conference Center, Graves Avenue, and Solitude Cabins.
When necessary during special events, overflow parking and extended shuttle service is available at the Estes Park Middle School/High School parking lot, 1500 Manford Ave. This additional parking is just two blocks from the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride. Signs will be posted at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride when the overflow parking with shuttle service is activated at the Middle School.
Starting June 21, the Blue Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every half-hour, operating from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Blue Route shuttle travels east down U.S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue with stops at the Budget Host Four Winds Motor Lodge, Best Western Plus Silver Saddle, Grumpy Gringo, Lake Estes Marina, west of Olympus Lodge, Estes Park KOA, Good Samaritan Estes Park Village, Salud Family Health Center, Crossroads Ministry, Rodeway Inn, Lake Front Street at Ranch Meadows, Lower Stanley Village, the Stanley Hotel.
The Red Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every half hour, operating from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Red Route shuttle travels west along Wonderview and Fall River Road with stops at Timber Creek Chalets, McGregor Mountain Lodge, Fall River Visitor Center, Estes Park Condos, Aspen Winds on Fall River, Boulder Brook on Fall River, Stonebrook Resort, Nicky’s Motor Lodge, Riverwood on Fall River, and Maxwell Inn.
The Brown Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every hour, operating from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Brown Route shuttle travels southwest with stops at Mary’s Lake Lodge, Mary’s Lake Campground, National Park Village, Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Park, YMCA entrance on Rt. 66, Estes Park Campground, Hempel Auditorium – Estes Park Center YMCA of the Rockies, Glacier Lodge, Rockmount Cottages, Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, National Park Village, Riverside Drive at Prospect Park Drive east of Worldmark, Riverside Drive at Crag’s Lodge entrance, Piccadilly Square, and Barlow Plaza.
The Gold Route trolley leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center on a continuous loop beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The Gold Route travels west into downtown with stops at Bond Park/Town Hall, Local’s Grill, The Ore Cart Rock Shop, Tregent Park, West Park Center, and Maxwell Inn before turning around and stopping at the Elkhorn Lodge, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, The Grubsteak Restaurant, The Trading Post, and Barlow Plaza.
A map of the shuttle routes and the full schedule is now available at www.estes.org/shuttles. For more information about Estes Park’s shuttle routes, please contact Estes Park Visitor Services at 970-577-9900.
A committee comprised of citizens, representatives from the business community, Town Trustees, and staff met through the winter to review suggestions to improve and enhance the free shuttle system. Among other recommendations, the group’s efforts resulted in additional service hours and days, as well as additional stops to better meet the needs of both residents and visitors.
Also in 2013, from May 25 through September 2 (daily), and weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from September 7 through October 13, the Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Shuttle will stop at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride and the Estes Park Visitor Center before traveling to the National Park. The Hiker Shuttle will operate beginning at the Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and every 30 minutes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on the Hiker Shuttle, please contact
Rocky Mountain National Park at