How to Get Here
How to get to Estes Park, Colorado
US Highway 34 from Loveland and I-25 to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park will remain OPEN through the summer of 2016. Road construction and major projects that will close the road will not begin until after the first weekend in October 2016 (specific date has not yet been determined). Travelers on the highway from August to October 2016 may encounter short delays (up to 20 minutes) associated with early project work. You can check with the CDOT website for the latest construction & travel info:
Coming from Denver & the southern Front Range, take on Hwy 36 through Boulder/Lyons. Use Hwy 36 once Hwy 34 closes (Oct 2016 through early June 2017).
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 mi-October due to snow. It usually re-opens late May for the summer months.
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.