The annual Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival Parade will travel through downtown Estes Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. On-street parking spaces on Elkhorn Avenue will be closed around midnight the night before the parade. At 8:30 a.m., the Estes Park Police Department will close the parade route along Elkhorn Avenue from Spruce Drive west to U.S. 34/Wonderview Avenue. At 8:50 a.m. the remainder of Elkhorn Avenue will be closed east to the U.S. 34/U.S. 36 intersection. The U.S. 34/U.S. 36 intersection will close at 9:30 a.m. Portions of Elkhorn Avenue and U.S. 34/U.S. 36 will reopen to vehicles after the parade passes and pedestrians are clear of the roadway. The parade will continue east through the U.S. 36/U.S. 34 intersection, ending in the Estes Park Visitor Center north parking lot.
Side streets along the parade route remain open during the parade, but access to the parade route will be prohibited until the parade passes and pedestrians are clear of the roadway. Motorists will not be able to leave parking lots along the parade route until the parade has passed and pedestrians are clear. To avoid the parade route and bypass the downtown area, motorists may use alternate routes including the Moccasin bypass, Graves Avenue, Community Drive, Manford Avenue, U.S. 36 to Mall Road, U.S. 34 and Wonderview Avenue. Westbound traffic on U.S. 34 will be diverted onto Steamer Drive to Steamer Parkway and then onto Wonderview Avenue. All eastbound traffic on Wonderview Avenue will be diverted to Steamer Parkway, then to Steamer Drive and onto U.S. 34.
Due to the parade and related street closures, shuttle service provided by both the Town of Estes Park (Estes Transit) and Rocky Mountain National Park (Hiker Shuttle) will be impacted. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, Estes Transit will provide express service from the Scot Fest Entrance Stop at Manford Ave. and Community Dr. to West Park Center on W. Elkhorn Ave. with the last departure from the Events Complex at 9:15 a.m. Please look for “ScotFest Express” signage near the Scot Fest Entrance and on the shuttle vehicles. Additionally, the Estes Transit Red Route (Trolley) that serves downtown and the RMNP Hiker Shuttle will not begin their daily service on Sept. 7 until 11:00 a.m. All other Estes Transit shuttles will begin service at 9:00 a.m., and all shuttles should be running their regularly-scheduled daily routes by 11:00 a.m. Please visit www.estes.org/shuttles for detailed information on Estes Transit and Hiker Shuttle impacts, as well as for an example of event-specific stop signage.