Directions & Transportation

Rocky Mountain National Park encompasses 415 square miles of north central Colorado. The park has two gateway communities: the town of Estes Park on the east and the town of Grand Lake on the west.

 

By Car

 
 

Driving Directions from the East

From Denver via Boulder/Hwy 36

Distance: 66 mi 106 km
Time: 1.5–2 hours
Take I-25 north to Exit 217 (US Hwy 36) to Estes Park

From Denver via Hwy 66

Distance: 71 mi 114 km
Time: 1.5–2 hours
Take I-25 north to Exit 243 (Hwy 66) to Estes Park

From Denver via the Peak to Peak Scenic By-way

Distance: 108 mi 174 km
Time: 2.5–3 hours
Take I-70 west to Exit 244 (US Hwy 6) to State Highway 119 to Nederland. From Nederland take State Hwy 72 to State Hwy 7 to Estes Park.

From Loveland via Hwy 34

Highway 34 is closed between Loveland and Estes Park until June 2017. Learn more.

 

Driving Directions from the West

From I-70 west of Denver

Distance: 61 mi 98 km
Time: 1.5–2 hours
Take I-70 to exit 232 (Empire) to US Hwy 40 to Granby to US Hwy 34 to Grand Lake. During the winter, US Hwy 40 can close or have restrictions due to snow.

From Kremmling / Hwy 40

Distance: 42 mi / 66 km
Time: 1–1.5 hours
Take US Hwy 40 east to Granby to US Hwy 34 to Grand Lake.

 

By Plane

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the closest major airport. There is no public transportation from the airport to the park. Commercial shuttle service is available from the airport to Estes Park.

 

By Bus

The Denver area and Granby are both served by Greyhound bus service. There is no public transportation from Denver or Granby to the park.

 

By Public Transportation

There is no public transportation from the Denver area to the east or west sides of the park. Estes Park provides free public transportation during the summer with connections to Rocky's shuttle system.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1000 US Hwy 36
Estes Park, CO 80517

Phone:

(970) 586-1206
Have questions? We've got answers! Call 8am–4:30pm Mountain Time to speak with park staff (recorded information after hours). For Trail Ridge Road status, call (970) 586-1222.

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