Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure

Visitor Center Transit Facility Parking Structure under construction

Update 06.22.17

The timber structures are actively being erected. Following is a photo of the work taking place.

Parking area and adjacent trail closed until summer 2017

Construction of the four-story Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure began in October at the Estes Park Visitor Center parking lot south of the Big Thompson River. The Town and its construction manager and general contractor, Heath Construction, expect the project to be complete by July 2017, with the facility opening as soon as possible for summer use. The structure will increase parking availability for downtown Estes Park and reduce emissions by allowing more people to park vehicles and quickly access the shuttle systems available at the Visitor Center. Regular project updates will be available at

Construction requires a complete closure of the parking area, at the construction site, until approximately July 2017. For safety, adjacent sections of the sidewalk and multiuse trail will also be closed at the south sides of the Big Thompson River pedestrian bridges and at the east end of the parking lot. The project will not impact operations at the adjacent 9-hole golf course. Occasional closures of one northbound lane of U.S. 36 may be required for foundation and utility installation. Construction will take place weekdays, although occasional weekend work may be necessary.

The south parking lot at the Visitor Center currently provides 102 spaces. The complete four-story facility will provide a total of 412 spaces, an increase of 310 spaces over the lot. 

Based on public input, the facility is designed to complement its natural surroundings and Estes Park Visitor Center. It includes earth tone materials, heavy timber accents, viewing areas at stairway landings, landscaping, seasonal planter accents, and seasonal event flags to provide guests with a sense of arrival.   

The first two stories of the Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure are funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, CDOT and Rocky Mountain National Park, plus a local match from the Town. The Town Board voted Oct. 11 to finance the remainder of the structure to allow construction of a complete four-story structure in one phase of development. The Estes Valley Recreation and Park District and Bureau of Reclamation have been key supporters of the project, as well.

A ground-breaking ceremony took place Oct. 13 at the site:

Parking Structure ground-breaking ceremony












These drawings of the future Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure represent concepts still under development. This project was unanimously approved in a public hearing with the Planning Commission on August 18, 2015.

EPTH Final EA Estes Parking Complex

EPTH FIR 30 and Planning Commision Drawings


Traffic Impact Analysis Estes Park Transit Hub

Current Tentative Design Schedule  

CDOT Project Delivery Selection Workshop Summary (07/28/2016) - EP Parking Structure 

FTA Region 8 Categorical Exclusion 

Geotechnical Report - Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure

Existing parking spaces in Visitor Center south lot = 102
Parking spaces provided by new structure = 412 (an increase of 310 spaces)

Check back to this page for project updates and a schedule. Please direct comments and/or questions to

Click each thumbnail below for a full-size pdf of each drawing.

For more information please contact Public Works at 970-577-3587 or