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Free Shuttles Begin Operating In Estes Park

For the fifth summer, the Town of Estes Park will provide free Visitor Shuttles from the Estes Park Visitor Center, 500 Big Thompson Avenue, to nearly 40 stops throughout Estes Park.  The shuttles will operate daily from June 26 through August 29; and again on Labor Day weekend, September 4-6. Shuttles are an easy way for residents and visitors to travel around town during the busy summer season. Riders can simply park at one of the Visitor Center’s large parking lots and board the free shuttle to their chosen destination.

The shuttle system consists of three routes, all of which bring riders to the core downtown area.  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 Blue Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every half hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 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 10:00 a.m. and ending at 7:00 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.

New this year to encourage visitors to stay downtown, the Blue and Red Routes will continue to operate as one combined shuttle from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The two routes will be combined to make a larger loop with the shuttle leaving the Visitor Center at 7:00 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 8:00 p.m. The combined route is repeated again until 9:00 p.m., when the shuttle ceases operations for the day at the Visitor Center.

The Brown Route shuttle leaves the Estes Park Visitor Center every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., ceasing operations at 8:00 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 at  www.estesparkcvb.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.

The shuttle transportation program was initiated after the Town commissioned a comprehensive parking study in 2005. The study recommended a shuttle system to assist with consistently high seasonal traffic and limited land mass available for expanding parking areas. To receive Town news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail townadmin@estes.org.

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