Getting to Estes Park
Estes Park, at 7522 ft. above sea level, is basecamp to the most gorgeous peaks in the Rockies. This charming village is easily accessed from 4 major routes:
- Highway 34, the scenic Big Thompson Canyon, is 35 miles from Loveland, CO (Hwy 34 was under major construction but that has now been completed)
- Highway 36 is also a picturesque route thru Lyons, either 35 miles from Boulder (Hwy 36) or 30 miles from Longmont (Hwy 66)
- Highway 7, known as the Peak to Peak Highway, is a gorgeous trip through the peaks of Roosevelt National Forest and the Indian Peaks Wilderness area--a sweet day-trip.
- Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park, the most adventurous route! This is the highest contiguous highway in the U.S. (over 12,000 ft above sea level at its highest elevation). You’ll experiencing breathtaking views of Continental Divide. It’s slow-going but rewarding: With alpine meadows, drenched with wildflowers, amazing wildlife and mountain delights.
Estes Park/Denver International Airport
Estes Park is always open – 365 days a year. Although you may need four-wheel drive vehicle in winter months, our roads are easily accessible in every season. Estes Park is located about two hours from the Denver International Airport, with easy access from I-25. Denver International Airport has daily direct flights available. We're here for you in Estes Park, with lots of fun activities year round!
FREE shuttle trolley services are available throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is experiencing a very high volume of traffic in the summer and fall months, so we encourage you to park your car and take advantage of the transportation services. There is a new FREE 4 story parking garage across the river from the Estes Park Visitor Center — it's about a 1/4 mile walk along the riverwalk into the downtown area with shops, coffee shops, restaurants and things to do. The Rocky Mountain National Park website posts the most up-to-date information about parking availability and shuttle schedules. You can also visit estes.org/shuttles for the latest routes and times. Note: there are no car rental options in Estes Park. Estes Park does have a year-round taxi service and both Uber and Lyft are available in the summer.