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Driving to Rocky Mountain National Park

Hwy 34 through Loveland is now CLOSED through early June 2017 as crews perform major rock blasting and construction work.  Alternate route:  Hwy 36.

When open, Hwy 34 is the most direct route to Estes Park from the northern Front Range, however, US Highway 34 from Loveland and I-25 to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park is now limited to canyon residents.   You can check with the CDOT website for the latest construction & travel info.

Hwy 36/66 through Lyons is the quickest route to Estes Park & RMNP from Denver & the southern Front Range. 

There are two other alternate routes into Estes Park on the East side of the Park -- both involving the Peak-to-Peak Scenic Byway from the south.

From Boulder, take Hwy 119 (Boulder Canyon) up to join Hwy 72 at Nederland, then continue north to Hwy 7 and into Estes Park.

From Denver, take I70 to exit 243 at Central City, then take Hwy 119 North to Hwy 72 North until it joins with Hwy 7 North.  Follow Hwy 7 through Allenspark into Estes Park.

An alternate route to Hwy 119 from Denver that avoids I70 construction is to take Hwy 6 out of Golden to Hwy 119 North.

Trail Ridge Road (Hwy 34) across the Continental Divide from Grand Lake into the West side of the Park closed last year on Oct 22 for the winter.  Winter closure is at the Colorado River Trailhead about 10 miles north of Grand Lake, and at Many Parks Curve on the East side.    Always check before you go by phoning 970-586-1206 for the latest road conditions in the Park. 

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FROM                                  TAKE

DIA I470 to I25, North on I25 to CO 36, Continue West on US36 to Estes Park
Denver North on US36 through Boulder, continue West through Lyons, CO 36 to Estes Park.   Alternate route CO 7 from Lyons to Estes Park.
Wyoming    South on I25 to Loveland, West on US34 to Estes Park
Nebraska  I80 to I76 South to US34, then West to Estes Park
I70 Kansas  I70 to I25 North, exit at Hwy 36, Continue West  through Lyons on US36 to Estes Park
Grand Lake    US 34 into the National Park, Kawuneeche Valley
I70 West CO6 east of Idaho Springs to 119 to 72 to 7 (Peak to Peak Scenic Byway) to Estes Park


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