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May 24, 2018

2018 Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle operating weekends and holidays

Nederland Park-n-Ride is the pick-up/drop-off location; shuttles run every 15-20 minutes

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County will again offer a free shuttle service on weekends and holidays this summer and fall to carry passengers from Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride, 1st and Jackson Street just off the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72), to the Hessie Trailhead, a popular entry point for accessing the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area off of Fourth of July Road.

The Hessie Trailhead shuttle program began in the summer of 2012 to address the issue of increased parking and traffic congestion on the way to the trailhead. The first six years of the program have been successful. Last year, more than 8,700 people rode the shuttle to get to the trailhead and back, which is a 3,000 rider increase over the first year of operation.

The shuttle schedule has been extended once again to include peak “leaf peeping” weekends in the fall. The shuttle schedule is included below.

Take the Bus to the Shuttle!
Rather than driving directly to the trailhead, visitors are encouraged to take the RTD ‘N’ bus to Nederland from Boulder. The Town of Nederland wants to remind people that there’s a lot to do and see in town as well, so plan ahead and make a day of your trip into the mountains.

Parking near the trailhead and on nearby roads such as Fourth of July Road is extremely limited, and Boulder County Parks & Open Space rangers are responsible for enforcing strict parking regulations in the area. Illegal parking can result in monetary penalties and towed vehicles.

Shuttle Service:
The shuttle service will begin Saturday, May 26 and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays until the weekend of Sept. 8. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the shuttle will shift to its fall 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on both days to account for shorter periods of daylight.

The shuttle will also run on summer holidays including Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4 and Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3. This year, the shuttle operation schedule has again been extended until Sunday, Oct. 8 to accommodate the peak autumn leaf season.


  • Park and catch the free shuttle at Nederland’s RTD Park-n-Ride at the intersection of 1st and Jackson streets just off of the Peak-to-Peak Highway (CO 72) as you enter town
  • Take RTD’s ‘N’ route from Boulder and save yourself the hassle of driving your own vehicle
  • Shuttle arrives approximately every 15-20 minutes
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on-board the shuttle
  • Parking at the RTD lot is for day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

If you would like more information, visit, or contact Andrew Barth at or 303-441-1032.

Hessie Shuttle sign at Park-n-Ride in Nederland