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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.


Estes Park Village Inn is located within walking distance to the Estes Park Visitor Center, down town Estes Park and a 9 hole golf course, and we’re only 3 miles from Rocky Mountain National Park! You will also find in our area complete with horseback riding, endless hiking trails, wild animal viewing, cycling paths, fishing in the lake, rivers and an 18 hole golf course.

We welcome all runners, and their families, of the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon to enjoy discounted room rates when you book your stay with us! Call 540-743-4521 and mention the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon discounted rate to receive your discount.

1040 Big Thompson Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: (970) 586-5338

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!


Hunter’s Chophouse is Offering 10% Off Race Weekend – Hunter’s Chophouse is a casual restaurant that features aged, choice grade or higher steaks hand-cut in house daily, many unique wild game dishes, and other flavorful house specialties. Come enjoy our seafood, salads, pastas and a special kids menu. We have a very rustic relaxed setting with great views of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Estes and we offer free parking for our guests. We also have a large selection of Colorado spirits and a premier selection of wines. We are excited to offer 10% off with the mention of the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon! We hope to see you soon!

Phone: (970) 586-6962

Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company Invites You to Enjoy Some Free Samples – Lumpy Ridge Brewing Company is excited to welcome Rocky Mountain Half Marathon participants to Estes Park! Their mission is simple…to brew, distribute and serve delicious beer in an inspired place where guests will want to return to again and again. They invite you to enjoy some free samples when you pop in and mention you’re in town for the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon. You can choose from their pale ale, IPA, stout and Altbier. Oh and they’re super close to the finish line too!

531 S. Saint Vrain Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: (812) 201-3836

Big Horn Restaurant is Offering 5% Off Breakfast/ 10% Off Lunch & Dinner – Big Horn Restaurant is a family-oriented restaurant situated at the west end of downtown Estes Park, Colorado. They’re famous for their fantastic food, friendly and cozy atmosphere, and central location. In addition to our regular menu, they offer a deli, children’s dishes and gluten-free items. They’re excited to offer 5% off breakfast and 10% off lunch and dinner when you mention the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon. Be sure to stop in and enjoy some good eats!

Phone: (970) 586-2792