Estes Park and RMNP provide a system of free shuttle buses that connect at Visitor Centers 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.
Getting a late start on your hike? During the peak summer season, popular Bear Lake trailhead parking areas in the Park often fill up in the mornings.
Your safest bet is to park at the Estes Park Fairgrounds and take the Silver route to the Town of Estes Park Visitor Center, transfer to the RMNP Hikers Shuttle to the Bear Lake Park n Ride (stopping only at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center along the way). Hikers will then transfer to either the Bear Lake Route or the Moraine Park Route to access popular trailheads.
The Hiker's Shuttle operates daily from June 25 through Sept 11 and weekends only from Sept 17 - Oct 10. The first bus leaves Estes Park at 7:30am, and the last bus returns at 8 pm. It runs every half hour during the peak of the day (11am - 6pm), and every hour early and late. A park pass is required.
Once at the Bear Lake/Glacier Basin Park n Ride, you will transfer to either the Bear Lake Route to access hikes along the Bear Lake Road corridor (Bierstadt Bus Stop, Glacier Gorge Trailhead, and Bear Lake), or the Moraine Park Route to access Sprague Lake, the Glacier Basin and Moraine Park Campgrounds, Cub Lake, and Fern Lake Trailheads, and Moraine Park Discovery Center as well as Hollowell Park & Tuxedo Park.
These Park buses run from 7:00am - 7:30pm, every 15 minutes on the Bear Lake Route, and 7am - 7pm every 30 minutes on the Moraine Park Route daily from May 28 - October 10.
Around the village of Estes Park, there are five routes that fan out from the Visitor Center:
Except for the Brown route which operates hourly from 8am - 9:59pm, shuttles operate every half hour from 9am to 9:30pm. In 2016, Estes Park Shuttles operate daily June 25 through Sept 11.
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.