Estes Parking

March 2020 Updates

Seasonal Paid Parking

In light of the unknown economic impact of COVID-19 on our community, Public Works staff recommended to the Town Administrator that the Town "pause" implementation of seasonal paid parking until the 2021 guest season. At its emergency meeting March 18, the Town Board asked Public Works to coordinate with the Town Administrator's office to formalize and implement the recommended "pause".

Currently, Public Work staff are working on a revised budget and operational plan for 2020 that focuses on: 1) fully leveraging existing investments made in 2019; 2) low-cost/high-impact initiatives that will improve the parking experience for locals and visitors in 2020; and 3) on continuing preparations for implementation of seasonal paid parking in 2021.

2020 investments may include: new parking wayfinding and destination signage, expanded permit program offerings, and enhanced information about parking availability and options.

More information will be shared in the coming weeks as the new plan for summer 2020 takes shape, however, paid parking will not be coming to Estes Park until 2021.

2020 Parking Permits

Based on extensive community outreach work conducted in January and February 2020, staff prepared a new slate of parking permit offerings that were originally scheduled for presentation at the March 24 Town Board Meeting. This item has been tentatively moved to April 14. In light of the decision to delay implementation of seasonal paid parking until 2021, staff plans to make minimal changes to the existing permit programs (e.g., residential, rental unit and overnight permits), and will pilot employee and commercial business permit options in 2020 for full implementation in 2021.

Until further notice, 2019 Residential Parking Permits will remain valid for use in 2020.

Join the (Virtual) Conversation (beginning April 2)

On March 5, the "Let's Talk Parking" series kicked off at the Estes Valley Library. This open-format meeting is available for anyone with a question about parking or transportation options and/or changes for summer 2020. The conversation will continue online Thursday, April 2.

  • Join online using your computer (audio and video)
  • Join by phone (audio only): Dial 929-367-6755 and enter access code 985 940 058#

If you have questions but are not available to join the virtual meeting, please email Parking & Transit Manager Vanessa Solesbee (vsolesbee@estes.org)


The Town of Estes Park strives to provide a variety of public parking and transportation options to meet the needs of locals and visitors. Feedback is being accepted online by clicking here.

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Public Parking Options

The Town offers free all-day, three-hour and 30-minute parking in lots, on-street and in the Town's parking structure. Free seasonal shuttles directly serve the Events Complex Park-n-Ride (1125 Rooftop Way), the Estes Park Visitor Center (500 Big Thompson Ave.), the parking structure (691 N. St. Vrain & US 36) and provide service within a short walk to all other downtown parking facilities.

Downtown Parking Map

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The Town uses the following technologies to manage parking and conduct enforcement:
  • Fixed and mobile License Plate Recognition
  • Video Counting

Learn more about the Town's use of parking technology, including data collection, usage and retention.

RV, Trailer and/or Bus Parking

Parking for larger vehicles is available at the following locations:

  • Events Complex Park-n-Ride: 1125 Rooftop Way (20 spaces)
  • Town Hall/Library Parking Lot: 335 E. Elkhorn Avenue (10 spaces)
  • Estes Park Visitor Center: 500 Big Thompson Avenue (4 spaces)

New in 2019: A driver's lounge is available at the Visitor Center for all commercially-operated tour bus drivers. Please call the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900 for more information about lounge hours and amenities.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Parking & Transit Division, in partnership with Estes Park Power & Communications, is proud to provide several Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations around downtown Estes Park. Charging station locations, instructions and use instructions can be found at www.estes.org/electricvehicles.

Estes Transit (Town's Free Shuttles)

Estes Transit provides free daily shuttle service from late June to early September each year. Additional shuttle service is provided for special events. Visit the Estes Transit webpage for more information about routes and service times.

2020 Parking Permits 

Based on extensive community outreach work conducted in January and February 2020, staff prepared a new slate of parking permit offerings that were originally scheduled for presentation at the March 24 Town Board Meeting. This item has been tentatively moved to April 14. In light of the decision to delay implementation of seasonal paid parking until 2021, staff plans to make minimal changes to the existing permit programs (e.g., residential, rental unit and overnight permits), and will pilot employee and commercial business permit options in 2020 for full implementation in 2021.

Until further notice, 2019 Residential Parking Permits will remain valid for use in 2020.

Parking Citations

There are two ways to pay a parking citation:

  1. Deposit fine amount in the envelope that accompanied the citation. Affix postage and mail to: Town of Estes Park, Parking & Transit Division, PO Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517.
  2. Pay online

If you wish to dispute a citation, or think you have received a citation in error, please contact the Town's Parking & Transit Manager at 970-577-3957.

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