Estes Park Aerial Tram
***For 67 years the Heron Family has run the tram, but now they are looking for someone to take it over. Note: It may be closed in 2023.
Take a tram ride for a bird’s eye view of Estes Park and its magnificent mountains.
Fly to the top of Prospect Mountain for big scenic views of the Estes Valley and Rocky Mountain National Park. No long uphill hike required!
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The Estes Park Aerial Tram is open from the end of May to the beginning of September from 9-6 daily, then weekends only through September – weather permitting. Kids 5 and under ride Free.
At the top visit the gift shop that sells peanuts for the chipmunks and the small café. Kids love the observation deck with 25 cent binocular viewing. Time for a cinnamon roll and coffee!
It’s a short, smooth ride (3.5 minutes) up 1,100 vertical feet. Because of the steep terrain it’s a “free span” – no support towers are needed. As you are whisked up the mountain, the views expand beneath you!
Tip: Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best light for photos and fewer crowds. No reservations, so lines sometimes build up later in the day.
For those who’ve found their cell phone coverage is spotty in town and the Park, you’ll have good cell reception! But don’t bring fido – pets are not allowed.
Since the tramway opened in 1955 it has carried more than three million people to the summit. For many visitors who came to Estes Park as children, it’s a nostalgic ride. The tram is still operated by the family of the engineer who designed and built it, Robert Heron.
It’s located near downtown Estes Park at 420 E. Riverside Dr.
See other Family Attractions near the Estes Park tram.