How to Get Here
How to get to Estes Park, Colorado - BOTH Hwy 36 from Lyons and Hwy 34 from Loveland are open! Some road construction & delays on Hwy 36 thru 2014 so Hwy 34 is recommended. You can check with the CDOT website for the latest construction & travel info:
The quickest route from the Front Range is Hwy 34 through Loveland if you're coming from the northern Front Range.
Coming from Denver & the southern Front Range, on Hwy 36 through Boulder/Lyons through September 2014, motorists can expect:
· Delays of up to 15 minutes during daylight hours*
· Delays of up to an hour during nighttime hours.**
* Delay is defined as a 15-minute combined total stop time for construction zones east and west of Pinewood Springs.
** Daylight hours are defined as the time when it is light outside. Nighttime hours are defined as the time when it is dark outside.
Entrance to Estes Park from the south is via the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway through Allenspark and Hwy 7. There are 2 routes, from Boulder and from the I70 corridor.
From Boulder, take 119 (Boulder Canyon) up to Hwy 72 (not shown on the small map above). Continue on to Hwy 7 and into Estes Park.
Take I70 to exit 243 for Central City Parkway, then follow Hwy 119 North to Hwy 72 North until it joins Hwy 7 below Allenspark. To avoid I70 construction, an alternate route is to take Hwy 6 out of Golden to Hwy 119.
Access from the west in the summertime is via US34 through the National Park. That's the scenic Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide. It's not open in the winter, and closes in October due to snow.
Drivers on I70 coming from the west can take CO6 east of Idaho Springs to the Peak to Peak National Scenic ByWay (119 to 72 to 7) that enters Estes from the south.
Shuttle service is available from the airport if you want to go carless during your summer mountain vacation. Free Shuttle buses let you get around Estes Park and into Rocky Mountain National Park without dealing with parking during the busy summer season.