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Getting to Estes Park | Lodging | Restaurants

We’ve put together some directions and travel suggestions for you. One less thing to worry about so you can focus on your race!

Getting to Estes Park


From the NORTH

If you’re coming from Wyoming for example, the best way to get to the park would be to drive south on I-25 to Loveland then west on US-34 through the dramatic Big Thompson canyon to Estes Park.

From the SOUTH

If you’re coming from the Denver area you have two options:

1) From the airport, the fastest route is to take I-470 to I-25. Go north on I-25 to Colorado 66west on 66 to Lyons, continue west on US-36 to Estes Park.

2) Another route from Denver would be to take US-36 through Boulder to Estes rather than the I25 route above.

From the EAST

If you’re coming from Nebraska, from the I-80 you may take I-76 to US-34 to Estes. If you’re coming from Kansas on I-70 can use the I-25 – CO-66 – US-36 route.

From the WEST

You’re in luck. Access from the west in the summertime is via US-34 through the National Park. That’s the scenic Trail Ridge Road over the Continental Divide. It’s not open in the winter, but in August it will be a beautiful drive. You could also come on I-70 from the west and take CO-6 east of Idaho Springs to the Peak to Peak National Scenic ByWay (119 to 72 to 7) that enters Estes from the south.


Shuttle service is available from the airport if you want to go carless this vacation. Shuttle service is available from SuperShuttle (1-800-258-3826) and from Estes Park Shuttle (970-586-5151).  Both require a reservation, and each has 6 scheduled DIA trips per day, so a bus runs every one to two hours.  Allow 2 hours for the trip.  Approximate cost is $90 round trip.  Going back to the airport, the shuttles pick up at all hotels, starting from the YMCA.

Once you’re in Estes Park, free village & park shuttle buses take you around town to restaurants and activities and into Rocky Mountain National Park.


visit estes parkYou can find some great lodging options in Estes Park here. Find more lodging options including hotels, motels, resorts, cabin rentals, bed & breakfasts, and camping!


hipcampHave you heard of Hipcamp? It’s a great tool for looking up and reviewing campsites in a certain area, and the Estes Park area has a lot! If you’re thinking about camping in the area, we highly recommend you shop around on Hipcamp!


Thanks to Smokin’ Daves BBQ and KIND COFFEE for hosting us in 2016. We’ll have 2017 hosts lined up for you as we get closer to race weekend.