Estes Parking

The Town of Estes Park strives to provide a variety of public parking and transportation options to meet the needs of locals and visitors. 

Please check out the Estes Parking App -- real-time parking availability at your fingertips! You can download it from Google Play or on the App Store on your iPhone. 

2021 Parking Map

I Want To:
Pay a Parking Citation

There are two ways to pay a parking citation:

  • Deposit fine amount in the envelope that accompanied the citation. Affix postage and mail to: The Car Park, PO Box 2285, Estes Park, CO 80517. Checks can be made out to The Car Park. Please do NOT mail cash.
  • Pay online.

If a citation is paid within seven days of issuance, the citation fine will be reduced from $50 to $25. The reduction does not apply to citations issued for violations pertaining to spaces reserved for persons with disabilities or for Electric Vehicles.

If you wish to dispute a citation, or think you have received a citation in error, please contact The Car Park at 970-591-2577 or online (enter violation information and click "Appeal" on the following screen).

Park a Car, Truck or SUV

New in 2021: The following areas require payment each day (Mon. through Sun.) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • Town Hall Lot
  • Bond Park (in front of Town Hall and in the on-street areas on Elkhorn Avenue and Park Lane)
  • East Riverside Lot
  • Riverside Lot
  • Virginia Lot
  • Wiest Lot
  • Post Office Lot
  • Tregent Lot

The parking fee in all paid areas - which represent 30 percent of the total public parking supply - will be $2 per hour. There are three, quick and contactless ways to pay:

  1. Pay Station: Accepts cash and credit card, as well as Google/Apple Pay. All feature contactless card readers. Customers will need only their license plate number and preferred method of payment. There is no need to return to one's car after payment or remember a specific parking space number. Pay stations will be available in all lots except Tregent.
  2. Mobile App: Download the ParkMobile app to quickly pay using a smartphone. Payment can be completed without visiting a pay station. No smartphone? Simply call 877-727-5951 to pay over the phone.
  3. Text-to-Park: No app to download. Text "park" to 77223 on your mobile device and pay by text using your license plate and credit card without visiting a pay station.

The remaining 70 percent of public parking in Estes Park will remain free. Time limits will be removed from all free and paid parking lots. Time limits will remain in some on-street areas including Moraine Avenue, W. Riverside Drive and W. Elkhorn Avenue. Please refer to the 2021 Downtown Parking Map for information.

Daily parking fees will not apply to those displaying Americans with Disabilities (ADA) placards, Disabled Veterans (DV) or Purple Heart license plates. Spaces will be designated and available at no charge for those visiting Town Hall (on the Bond Park side, near the Police Department and public restroom entrance) and the Post Office. The spaces currently identified for Library patrons will continue to be free.

The Town's public parking areas will be monitored and enforced from May 28 through October 17, 2021.

Overnight parking is allowed by permit only and is monitored by the Estes Park Police Department.

Park an RV, Trailer or Bus

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)

Tour Bus Drivers: 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.

Charge an Electric Vehicle

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 here.

Ride the Town's Free Shuttle

Estes Transit operates a free shuttle service during the peak summer tourism season and for several Town-produced special events annually. Estes Transit will begin its 2021 summer season on Friday, May 28 with the Red Route (Downtown/Elkhorn Ave.) serving from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. All other routes will begin daily service on Thursday, July 1 (Gold, Brown, Blue and Silver). The Greet (Express) Route will begin weekend-only service on Saturday, July 3. The 2021 Transit Brochure provides full details on the 2021 Seasonal Summer Service.

2021 Parking Permits

2021 Parking Map

2021 Permits are ready for renewal or purchase.

Town parking permits are governed by Public Works Policy #842.

Local 30 Minutes Free

Eligibility: Local permits are only available to those who can demonstrate proof of residency within the Estes Park R3 School District.

Use: This permit allows residents to park in paid areas for free, up to 30 minutes per day.

Price: Free (must renew annually)

Options for Permit Purchase:

Required Documentation: Registration requires:

  • Proof of residency (e.g., utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement, vehicle registration, or other document showing your name and address). Email to epinfo@thecarpark.com.
  • License plate information
Employee Permit: Convenience Pass

Eligibility: Anyone who owns a business or property and/or works downtown is eligible to purchase this permit. Applicant must provide proof of employment, or that they conduct business in the downtown core, as defined by the Town of Estes Park's Commercial Downtown (CD) zoning district.

Price: $40 per permit (Permits may be shared)

Options for Permit Purchase:

Required Documentation: License plate information and proof of employment in the downtown core, as defined by the Town of Estes Park's Commercial Downtown (CD) zoning district. Proof would include a pay stub or W-2 (please black out personal information).

Overnight Permit: Downtown Resident

Eligibility: Overnight permits are only available to those who can demonstrate proof of downtown residency and who do not have access to private parking.

Price: $35 per permit per year

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Required Documentation:

  • Registration requires proof of residency and license plate information. If your permit is for a rental unit, no license plate information is required.
  • Email your proof of residency (e.g., utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement, vehicle registration, or other document showing your name and address) to epinfo@thecarpark.com
Overnight Permit: Downtown Rental Unit / Commercial Lodging

Eligibility: Overnight permits are only available to those who own, operate or manage a rental unit/hotel room/lodging property downtown and do not have access to private parking (or reasonably adequate private parking).

Price: $40 per permit

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Required Documentation:

  • Registration requires proof of business license and license plate information.
  • Email a copy of your Town of Estes Park Business License to epinfo@thecarpark.com
Overnight Permit: General Use

Price: $10 per permit per night (for up to seven nights)

Location: Estes Park Events Complex (1125 Rooftop Way). Parking is only permitted in specific, signed areas. No overnight camping is permitted on Town-owned property per Public Works Overnight Parking Policy #841.

Options for Purchase: Overnight permits can be purchased using the ParkMobile application (available for Apple or Android). The ParkMobile Zone # is 27001. Users without a smart phone may call 877-727-5951 to pay. Advanced reservations are NOT necessary; simply park and pay.

Questions? Call or email The Car Park 970-591-2577 or epinfo@thecarpark.com

Overnight Permit: Parking Structure

Eligibility: Overnight permits are only available to those that register their vehicle(s) in advance.

Price: $0 per permit per night (for up to seven nights)

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Business Permit: Commercial Loading

Eligibility: Anyone who works or conducts business in the downtown ore (as defined by the Town of Estes Park's Commercial Downtown (CD) zoning district) is eligible to purchase this permit. Only valid for marked commercial or business vehicles (not for use on unmarked personal vehicles). The vehicle displaying this permit must be actively loading or unloading people and/or goods.

Price: $80 per permit per year (Permits may be shared)

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Required Documentation: Registration requires proof of business license and license plate information.

  • Registration requires proof of business license and license plate information.
  • Email a copy of your Town of Estes Park Business License to epinfo@thecarpark.com.

 

Let Us Know

Feedback is important to our team, so comments and suggested improvements are welcomed online, by phone at 970-591-2577, or by email to epinfo@thecarpark.com.