Most people traveling to the park arrive by private vehicle. During the summer and fall, the park is quite busy and roads and parking lots can be congested. Consider using the parks environmentally friendly free shuttle bus service. This is just one of many alternative travel options for getting around the park. During the winter, some park roads, including Trail Ridge Road/Hwy 34 through the park, are closed.
Car, Motorcycle, & RV
While driving around the park, be aware of the Road Status so you know what's open and what's closed. Also, watch for wildlife on the roadways. The speed limit is typically 25-35 mph on most park roads. Make sure you use pull offs when stopping to view scenery and wildlife. Check out other tips for Mountain Driving.
Free Park Shuttle Bus
From late May through early October, the park operates a free shuttle bus along the Bear Lake Road. This is a great way to avoid congested parking lots. It also opens up some wonderful opportunities to do loop hikes and catch the shuttle back to your car. For detailed route and schedule information, check the Shuttle Bus page.
Many cyclists enjoy the challenge and beautiful views to be had by bicycling through the park. Riders must travel single file and obey all traffic laws. Be aware that many park visitors may not be accustomed to sharing the road. Ride safely. Our Bicycling page offers additional information, including a link to area businesses that offer bicycle tours in the park.
Many visitors explore the park from the back of a horse each year. The park allows private stock use and commercial horseback rides. The Horseback Riding page provides addition details.
For More Help Getting Around
Contact the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.
Did You Know?
The oldest rocks in the park are metamorphic (biotite schist and gneiss) estimated at 1.7 billion years old, making them some of the oldest rocks within the National Park System.