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
- 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.
- And the most adventurous route — Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park! This is the highest contiguous highway in the U.S. (over 12,000 ft above sea level at it’s highest elevation). You’ll drive from magnificent mountaintop to mountaintop while experiencing breathtaking views as you cross the Continental Divide. It’s slow-going but rewarding: With alpine meadows, drenched with wildflowers, amazing wildlife and mountain delights, up close.
Reaching Estes Park During Construction
The Big Thompson Canyon (Highway 34) is currently undergoing a major renovation due to the 2013 flood and is closed October through April for the next two years. Check CDOT – Colorado Department of Transportation for the latest updates. The surest route in the winter/spring months is Highway 36 through Lyons.
Estes Park/Denver International Airport
Estes Park is always open – 365 days a year. Since we have no high mountain passes, 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. Hundreds of daily direct flights are available into Denver International Airport. Look for the perfect airfare for you and you can enjoy a long weekend or savor an extended stay. Your call. Just know that we're waiting here for you, here in Estes, with lots of fun activities year round!
FREE shuttle bus and trolley services are available throughout Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park in the summer. It’s a fantastic way to get out from behind the wheel and tap into a truly stress-free mountain experience! 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. 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.