Free Shuttle Buses
Leave Your Car Behind!
2016 Estes Park Free Shuttle Route Map & Schedule - June 25-Sept 11 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 five 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 9:59 p.m.
- Silver route serving the Fairgrounds Park & Ride lot with 400 paved parking spaces and a bus shelter runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 9:59 p.m.
- Blue route which goes East on 34 and runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 9:59 p.m.
- Red route which goes West up Fall River Road and runs continuously from 9 a.m. to 9:59 p.m.
- Brown route which goes South along Route 7 and Mary's Lake and runs continuously from 8 a.m. to 9:59 p.m.
Except for the Gold route which runs continuously, shuttles operate every half hour from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. In summer 2016, Estes Park Shuttles operate daily June 25 through Sept 11. The free Trolley operates weekends through October 2 and on November 5, 25-26 and December 10.
A real-time vehicle tracking service allows riders with Smart Phones to track shuttle arrival times.
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 Fairgrounds & take the Estes Park Silver Route from the Fairgrounds 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 Shuttle operates daily from June 25 - Sept 11 and weekends Sept 17 - Oct 10. 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.
In 2016, the shuttles in the Park operate daily from May 28 through October 10.
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. Buses run every 15 minutes on the Bear Lake Route from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and every 30 minutes on the Moraine Park Route from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Click here for 2016 Shuttle Bus Routes Map download from Rocky Mountain National Park.