Free Shuttle Buses
Leave Your Car Behind!
2017 Estes Park Free Shuttle Route Map & Schedule - June 24-Sept 10 Daily
Estes Park and RMNP provide a system of free shuttle buses that connect at Visitor Center and Park & Ride lots and allow folks staying in Estes Park to easily get around town, and to visit the Park and hike or sightsee while minimizing the hassles of parking, and traffic.
Around Estes Park, there are six free shuttle routes that fan out from the Visitor Center:
- Gold route (Trolley) loops through downtown Estes Park and runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 8:59 p.m (every 25 to 35 minutes as traffic allows).
- Silver route serving the Estes Park Events Complex Park & Ride lot with 400 paved parking spaces and a bus shelter runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 8:59 p.m (every 30 minutes).
- Blue route which goes East on 34 and runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 8:59 p.m (every 30 minutes).
- Red route which goes West up Fall River Road and runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 8:59 p.m (every 30 minutes).
- Brown route which goes South along Route 7 and Mary's Lake and runs continuously from 8 a.m. to 8:59 p.m (every 60 minutes).
- Green route which serves the Estes Park Events Complex Park & Ride, Estes Park Visitor Center and Bond Park in downtown Estes Park and runs continuously from 12 p.m. to 4:49 p.m. (every 15 minutes).
In summer 2017, Estes Park Shuttles operate daily June 24 through Sept 10. The free Trolley operates weekends through October 1 and on November 4 & 24.
See up to date shuttle information at estes.org/shuttles
Buses stop at shops, restaurants, attractions, and lodging to make it easy for visitors to leave their cars at their lodging or to choose to go completely carless.
Rocky Mountain National Park Shuttles Connection
In a hurry to hike? During peak summer visitation, the popular parking lots at Bear Lake and at the Bear Lake/Glacier Basin Park n Ride can fill up during the morning.
Your best bet for no hassle parking is to park at the Estes Park Events Center Park & Ride and take the Estes Park Silver Route from the Park-N-Ride to the Town of Estes Park Visitor Center, then transfer to the RMNP Hiker Shuttle that goes to the Bear Lake Park n Ride, stopping at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center along the way. Visitors will then transfer to either the Bear Lake Shuttle Route or the Moraine Park Route that service popular hiking trailheads.
The Hiker Express Route operates daily during the 2017 summer from May 26 - Sept 10 and weekends Sept 16 - Oct 9. The first bus leaves Estes Park at 7:30 a.m., and the last bus returns from the Park n Ride at 8 p.m. It runs every half hour during the peak of the day (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.), and every hour early and late. A park pass is required.
Once at the Bear Lake/Glacier Basin Park n Ride, you can transfer to either the Bear Lake Route to access hikes along the Bear Lake Road corridor (Bierstadt Lake, Sprague Lake, Glacier Gorge & Bear Lake), or the Moraine Park Route to access Glacier Basin & Moraine Park Campgrounds, Cub Lake & Fern Lake Trailheads, and the Moraine Park Discovery Center. From May 27 to October 9 buses run every 10-15 minutes on the Bear Lake Route from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and every 30 minutes on the Moraine Park Route from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Click here for 2017 Shuttle Bus Routes Map download from Rocky Mountain National Park.