Rocky Mountain National Park will be operating the Hiker Shuttle from May 27 through October 10, from the Estes Park Visitor Center to the Park & Ride Transit Hub located on Bear Lake Road. As part of the park’s overall pilot timed entry system, two things will be needed to ride the Hiker Shuttle: reservation tickets for all passengers plus a valid park entrance pass.
Hiker Shuttle Operating May 27 Through October 10
In 2022, the National Park Service in conjunction with the Town of Estes Park are re-implementing the Hiker Shuttle. This bus will take you from the Estes Park Visitor Center to the Park & Ride Transit Hub in Rocky Mountain National Park where you can connect with the park shuttle system that runs in the Bear Lake Corridor, as described above.
To use this system, you will need to make a reservation for each member of your party, regardless of their age. Tickets cost $2.00 each can be purchased from the Recreation.gov website. One person may reserve up to four tickets per $2.00 reservation. If additional tickets are needed, they must be reserved by another person. These tickets are made available just one day in advance at 5pm Mountain Time. They specify which day and what time you are allowed to enter. They cannot be purchased at the entrance stations to the national park. You also must show a national park (or interagency) pass to gain entry. You do not need a timed-entry permit to take advantage of this shuttle as this bus ticket will serve as your timed-entry permit.
The 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. Please note that the last Hiker Shuttle each day will depart from the Park & Ride Transit Hub to return to the Estes Park Visitor Center at 5:15 pm. There are no other buses to town, so be sure not to miss the last Hiker Shuttle.
Visit the national park's shuttle page for more details.