Staying in Estes Park? The Hiker Shuttle provides service to passengers from the Estes Park Visitor Center, located in the Town of Estes Park (near the intersections of HWY 36 and 34), to Rocky Mountain National Park's Park & Ride Transit Hub, located on Bear Lake Road. Passengers will park their vehicles in the Town of Estes Park and board the Hiker Shuttle bus in front of the Estes Park Visitor Center.
Reservations for Hiker Shuttle Tickets are required to ride the Hiker Shuttle bus. All riders in a party are required to have a Hiker Shuttle Ticket. One reservation for Hiker Shuttle Tickets is $2.00 and this covers up to 4 Hiker Shuttle Tickets in a party. Reservations for Hiker Shuttle Tickets are only available through www.recreation.gov.
This connection allows you to leave your vehicle behind at your lodging or parked in the Town’s parking structure adjacent to the Estes Park Visitor Center and access many of the park’s most well known destinations within the Bear Lake Road corridor using the park’s interior shuttle system. Additionally, the shuttle system allows you to create your own “loop” hikes enabling you start at one trailhead and exit at another.
Departure Time Schedule for Hiker Shuttle buses leaving the Estes Park Visitor Center and heading to Rocky Mountain National Park: 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.
The Hiker Shuttle will return to the Estes Park Visitor Center from Park & Ride at the following times: 9:45 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:15 p.m.
When you are ready to return to the Estes Park Visitor Center, simply return to RMNP's Park and Ride Transit Hub to catch a return Hiker Shuttle back to town. Please remember, the last bus departs from Park and Ride at 5:15 pm. Do not be late, there are no other public transportation services available to return from the park to the Town of Estes Park.
Please keep in mind that Hiker Shuttle tickets only allow you to access to the Bear Lake Road corridor inside RMNP. Your Hiker Shuttle ticket is only valid for the Hiker Shuttle. You cannot drive your vehicle into Rocky using this ticket. The Hiker Shuttle does not pick up passengers at any other locations in Estes Park or in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Are there more than 4 people in your party? A second person with a separate Recreation.gov account will need to book the additional Hiker Shuttle Tickets for your group. One Recreation.gov account can only book one reservation per day, which covers up to 4 Hiker Shuttle Tickets on one $2.00 reservation.
Hiker Shuttle Ticket Holders will also need a valid park pass to enter RMNP. Are you, or someone in your party an annual or lifetime park pass holder? If not, park entrance passes can be purchased online through Recreation.gov.
The number of tickets available is equal to the number of available seats on the Hiker Shuttle bus. Seats are limited - please only book the number of tickets you need so others may enjoy the park experience.
Timed Entry Permit Reservations are not currently required to enter Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park will implement a pilot temporary timed entry reservation system from May 26 to October 22, 2023. For additional details, visit the park's webpage at https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/timed-entry-permit-system.htm.
The Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Shuttle departs from the Estes Park Visitor Center in the Town of Estes Park and transports passengers to RMNP's Park and Ride Transit Hub, located on the Bear Lake Road. The Hiker Shuttle does not provide service to any other stops in RMNP.
At the Park & Ride Transit Hub, riders will transfer to the Bear Lake or Moraine Park Shuttles to reach destinations like Bear Lake, Glacier Gorge, the Cub Lake Trail, the Fern Lake Trail, Moraine Park, and more.
For info on 2023, visit https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisit/timed-entry-permit-system.htm
A valid park entrance fee or park pass is required to enter the park. Entrance fees may be purchased on line in advance here: https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/74291. All entrance passes will be checked at the time of boarding the Hiker Shuttle. For more information on park entrance fess and annual passes please visit: Fees & Passes - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
Tickets will be released one day in advance of the start date at 5 PM MT / 7 PM ET. First release for this season will be on May 26th for arrivals on May 27th. Tickets will be required from May 27th through October 10th, 2022.
Modifications or Cancellations may be made up to 24 hours in advance. The $2 reservation processing fee is not refundable.
For specific entence fee and annual pass information please visit: Fees & Passes - Rocky Mountain National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
1000 HY 36 Estes Park CO 80517