Ride a Train, Bus or Taxi to Rocky Mountain National Park

Amtrak's California Zephyr Train riding past the Fraser River near Granby, Colorado. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

Amtrak’s California Zephyr Train riding past the Fraser River near Granby, Colorado. Photo by Loco Steve via Flickr

Ride the Train to Rocky Mountain Nation Park

There is no direct Amtrak service to Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake or Estes Park. However, you can get pretty close to the park and then choose other transportation to finish your trip.

Train to Rocky Mountain National Park’s West Entrance

Served by Amtrak, there are passenger train station stops in Fraser/Winter Park (WIP) and Granby (GRA). Granby is about 20 miles to the park entrance, and Fraser is about 30 miles. There is no ticket office or Quik-Trak kiosk at either station, so you will need to secure your tickets ahead of time. More information at www.amtrak.com

There is no public transportation between the train station and the park, but you can take a taxi (see below).

Train to Rocky Mountain National Park’s East Entrance

The closest a passenger train gets to Estes Park is Union Station in Denver, which is about a two-hour drive to the park. There is an Amtrak Ticket Office in the station. For more information about Union Station, visit unionstationindenver.com

From Union Station you can drive a rental car or take a bus to Estes Park (see below).

Ride the Regional Public Bus to the Park

The Denver/Boulder area operates an excellent public bus system with many routes and frequent stops all over the area. You can easily travel from the Denver International Airport (DIA) to Lyons, Colorado for about $25 per person (see rtd-denver.com for maps and schedules). From Lyons, Longmont, Boulder, and DIA, you can also ride with a private operator to Estes Park (estesparkshuttle.com, $85 round-trip from the airport), which is a bit more expensive but faster.

Take a Taxi from Estes Park or Grand Lake

For private taxi service in the Estes Park area, call Estes Park Taxi at (970) 372-9888 or Peak to Peak Taxi at (970) 586-6111.

The Valley Taxi service will pick you up from areas throughout Grand County including Winter Park, Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake. The taxi will transport you to a park campground, trailhead, resorts or train stations. Reach owner Mike Delucia at valleytaxiwp@gmail.com, 970-726-4940 or at www.valleytaxiinc.com/taxi/.