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. Frequently requested information about parking options and parking permits is provided in the categories below. Download the 2022 parking maps here:
2022 Public Parking Map (English version)

2022 Public Parking Map (Spanish version)

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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

The Town has 18 unique parking areas that are available for public use throughout the core of downtown, as well as in one parking structure located at 691 North St. Vrain Ave and US Hwy 36.

Through May 26, 2022, all public parking areas are free of charge and without time limits. Overnight parking is allowed by permit only and is monitored by the Estes Park Police Department.

The 2022 seasonal paid parking season is effective May 27-October 16. Download the 2022 Public Parking Map.

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 (4 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 and use instructions can be found here.

Ride the Town's Free Shuttle

Since December 3, 2021, Estes Transit and Via Mobility have partnered for fare-free, wheelchair-accessible winter transportation offerings seven days per week. 

Via's on-demand, door-through-door service within Estes Park and some portions of surrounding Larimer County is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rides can be scheduled one to seven days in advance by calling 303-447-9636. Same-day scheduling is available on a limited basis.

Estes Transit's Winter Trolley Service serves a fixed route of stops in the downtown area on Fridays, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m. These stops are served approximately every 15 minutes:

Stop #1 - Estes Park Visitor Center

Stop #2 - Bond Park (SW corner)

Stop #3 - The Ore Cart Rock Shop

Stop #4 - Tregent Park

Stop #5 - West Park Center

Stop #6 - The Maxwell Inn

Stop #7 - Mrs. Walsh's Garden

Stop #8 - The Grubsteak Restaurant

Stop #9 - Moosely T's

Stop #10 - Thirty Below Leather

Parking Permit Options

The Town offers a variety of annual and seasonal parking permits for locals, business owners and employees, downtown residents, and downtown rental property owners. Permits for 2022 are now available for renewal or purchase. Please choose from the permit options below. 

Town parking permits are governed by Public Works Policy 842. Overnight parking is allowed by permit only (see options below) and is monitored by the Estes Park Police Department.

Local 60-Minute Permit

Eligibility: Local permits are available to anyone who resides within the Estes Park R3 School District.

Price: Free ($0)

Permit Renewal:

All permits that were properly registered in 2021 will be automatically renewed for the 2022 paid parking season. Additionally, the permit will be entirely digital and there is nothing to be displayed on the vehicle, apart from the license plate. If the vehicle license plate is the same as last year, no action is required. If the vehicle information has changed, the only required action is to provide The Car Park with updated license plate information.

New Permit Purchase: 

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request to purchase by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.comPlease provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

Required Documentation:

Email proof of residency (e.g., utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement, vehicle registration, or other document showing name and address) to epinfo@thecarpark.com

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

Overnight Permit: Downtown Resident

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

Price: $35 per permit, per year

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request to purchase by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.comPlease provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

Required Documentation:

Registration requires proof of residency and license plate information. Permit is digitally tied to license plate information and no physical permit shall be issued. Email proof of residency (e.g., utility bill, pay stub, lease agreement, vehicle registration, or other document showing name and address) to epinfo@thecarpark.com

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

Overnight Permit: Temporary Guest Pass

Eligibility: Downtown residents who do not have adequate off-street parking may apply for a temporary permit for overnight guest use in a designated parking lot. This permit authorizes a vehicle to park between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. for up to seven nights.

Price: $0 per permit

Options for Permit Renewal or Registration:

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.com. Please provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

Required Documentation:

Permit is digitally tied to license plate information and no physical permit shall be issued. 

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842 

Overnight Permit: Downtown Rental Unit / Commercial Lodging

Eligibility: Downtown Rental Unit / Commercial Lodging 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, per year

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request to purchase by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.comPlease provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

Required Documentation:

Registration requires proof of business license. License plate information is not required. A printable permit will be emailed for guests to display in their vehicle. Email a copy of the Town of Estes Park Business License to epinfo@thecarpark.com

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

Overnight Permit: Parking Structure

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

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

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request to purchase by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.comPlease provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

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 The Car Park at 970-591-2577 or email epinfo@thecarpark.com

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

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 proof 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. Discounts available for purchases of five or more permits; please call for details.

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request to purchase by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.com. Please provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

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 of employment is a pay stub or W-2 (please black out personal information). Permit is digitally tied to license plate information and no physical permit shall be issued.

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

Volunteer Permit

Eligibility: Any business, organization, or governmental entity who offers uncompensated employment or volunteer opportunities in the downtown core.

Price: $0 per permit

Qualifying organizations may request by calling 970-591-2577 or emailing epinfo@thecarpark.com. 

This permit must be registered by the organization, not the individual volunteers. Permits will be issued as physical hang tags for display during the volunteer's shift.

Required Documentation:

Registration requires proof of volunteer status provided by an organization located in the downtown core.

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842 

Business Permit: Commercial Loading

Eligibility: Anyone who works or conducts business in the downtown core (as defined by the Town of Estes Park’s Commercial Downtown (CD) zoning district) is eligible to purchase this permit. It is valid only 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

Options for Permit Renewal or Purchase:

Complete online

Call 970-591-2577

Request to purchase by emailing epinfo@thecarpark.com. Please provide name, phone number, address, and make/model/color/year/license plate for each vehicle.

Required Documentation:

Registration requires proof of business license and license plate information. Permit is digitally tied to license plate information and no physical permit shall be issued. Email a copy of the Town of Estes Park Business License to epinfo@thecarpark.com

For more information, please see Public Works Policy 842

 

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