Shuttle Buses in Rocky Mountain National Park

Shuttle bus in Rocky Mountain National Park

Locals and frequent visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park’s busy east side rarely drive past the Park & Ride in the park between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the summer and early fall. There’s too much traffic then and too little parking at popular trailheads. So follow their example and either get behind your wheel only during early or late hours—or take the bus. The park’s free shuttle service is an easygoing way to see the sites and avoid parking hassles, and it’s the only way to get directly to some trailheads when parking lots fill. All dates are snow dependent; stops vary by route. The park's free shuttle buses operate late spring, summer and early fall. The buses do not run in late fall, winter or early spring.

Rocky Mountain National Park Shuttles

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Bear Lake Bus Route

Runs every 15 minutes between the Park & Ride and Bear Lake. This popular road has trailheads and campgrounds with limited parking.

Moraine Park Bus Route

Runs every 30 minutes between the Park & Ride and Fern Lake trailheads.

Hiker Shuttle Express Route from Estes Park

This shuttle leaves from the Estes Park Visitor Center and stops at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center before entering the park. Inside the park this express bus only stops at the Park & Ride where you can transfer to another shuttle. Park pass required.

Estes Park Visitor Shuttles

The town of Estes Park also provides free visitor shuttles from its downtown visitor center to the Beaver Meadows entrance station (where you can connect with the park shuttle) and various stops in town. The five shuttle routes operate daily from late June through mid-September. Get more details at Visit Estes Park.

Grand Lake Taxi Service

While the town of Grand Lake on the park's west side does not operate a shuttle service, there is a private taxi service, Valley Taxi, that will do pick ups and drop offs to and from trailheads or to Estes Park, the gateway town on the park's east side.

For those who want to really reduce their carbon footprint, the taxi service will pick you up from the Fraser train station and transport you to a park campground or even the hot springs in Hot Sulphur Springs outside the park. Owner Mike Delucia charges $40 per hour plus half the total amount (to pay for his return drive). Reach Mike at, 970-726-4940 or at

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Head for northeast Colorado. The park is flanked by Estes Park on the east and Grand Lake on the west.

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