On Saturday, June 22, Estes Transit will begin daily service to 55 stops throughout Estes Park. This year will mark Estes Transit’s fourteenth year in operation. In 2018, the free shuttles carried 82,096 riders to a variety of destinations, including lodging locations, the Estes Park Visitor Center, downtown district, local parks and the Events Complex Park-n-Ride.
Several updates were made to shuttle stop locations and service routes in 2019 in an effort to improve the frequency of service, safety of stop locations for both drivers and riders, and to provide improved connection to additional neighborhoods within Town limits.
The Estes Transit system consists of five routes, all of which begin service at the Estes Park Visitor Center (500 Big Thompson Ave.) at 9 a.m. with a final trip beginning at 8:30 p.m.
• Red Route (Downtown Trolley): Travels west into downtown with a variety of stops along Elkhorn Avenue, including Bond Park/Town Hall, The Ore Cart Rock Shop, Tregent Park, West Park Center, and west of Maxwell Inn before turning around and stopping at The Lazy B at Elkhorn Lodge, Mrs. Walsh’s Garden, The Grubsteak Restaurant, and Moosely T’s.
• Gold Route: Travels along Wonderview Avenue 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, Homestead Lane and Fall River Road, StoneBrook Resort, and Nicky’s Resort.
• Silver Route: Travels southwest along Hwy 7 stopping at The Ridgeline Hotel, before looping up to Estes Park Health, returning to Hwy 7 on Stanley Avenue, stopping near the Dollar General / Ziggi’s Coffee and the Saddle & Surrey before turning around at Carriage Drive / Hwy. 7 and returning to Town via Community Drive, with stops at both the Estes Valley Community Center and Events Complex Park-n- Ride.
• Brown Route: Travels southwest with stops on Riverside Dr. near the Open Air Adventure Park and Estes Park Brewery, Worldmark, and Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, turning around at Elk Meadow Lodge and RV Park and then continuing east along Moraine to serve National Park Village, Meadow Mini Golf, The Twisted Pine, Piccadilly Square and Bond Park.
• Blue Route: Travels east down U.S. 34/Big Thompson Avenue with stops at Estes Mountain Lodge, Best Western Plus Silver Saddle, Quality Inn, Antonio’s Pizza, Lake Estes Marina, west of Olympus Lodge, Estes Park KOA, Good Samaritan Estes Park Village, Salud Family Health Center, Crossroads Ministry, the intersection of Raven Avenue and Lone Pine Drive, Lake Front Street at Ranch Meadow, and Lower Stanley Village.
Each route takes approximately 30 minutes roundtrip. Riders can download the DoubleMap app for both Android and Apple devices to track Estes Transit bus and shuttle locations in real-time. The DoubleMap app also shows the location of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Hiker Shuttle.
A map of the shuttle routes, the full schedule, and special service information is 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. The 2019 Estes Transit service season will end Sept. 8.