Park to Park Shuttle to Chautauqua 2022
Free Summer Weekend Shuttle
Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day
Headed to the Chautauqua Trailhead to hike among the Flatirons in the summertime? Parking is extremely limited on summer weekends. We strongly recommend riding the free weekend shuttle to get there stress-free and to avoid parking fees.
How the Shuttle Works
The Park to Park weekend shuttle runs during summer only. This year, it will begin Saturday, May 28, 2022, and run through Monday, Sept. 5, 2022.
Simply park for free at one of the five downtown parking garages shown on the map; the Regent lot at the University of Colorado-Boulder; or New Vista High School. Then hop on the shuttle. See the map below for shuttle stops and parking. When you're downtown, look for this parking symbol to indicate garages that are free on the weekend.
- Every 15 minutes
- Saturdays and Sundays, 8am–8pm
plus holidays: Memorial Day (May 30), Juneteenth observed (June 20), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 5), 8am–8pm
- May 28 through Sept. 5, 2022
- Dogs welcome (but please be mindful — for before or after your hike — that dogs are not allowed on the Pearl Street Mall)
- Short, 10-minute-or-so ride
Where the shuttle picks up downtown: The downtown shuttle stops next to Salt's patio on 11th Street (at Pearl Street). There are also several stops on Walnut Street and another at Spruce and Broadway (see map below). Plus, the 5 parking garages marked on the map below are free on weekends. Their signage will include this symbol: . See the route map.
Paid Parking: Paid parking ($2.50/hr) is very limited but is available in designated areas in and around Chautauqua. Download the Parkmobile app or the WaytoPark app to pay, or use the kiosks on Baseline, at the Ranger Cottage and near the Dining Hall to pay using your license plate.
During fall, winter and spring, there is no shuttle or satellite parking service, and parking is free at Chautauqua.
More Hiker Shuttles
Did you know you can get to other popular trailheads via buses from Boulder? Ride for free (or nearly free) and avoid parking hassles.
- Ranger Cottage The Ranger Cottage at the Chautauqua Trailhead has rangers available to help answer questions about the trails, provide hiking recommendations and share information about local ecology and wildlife.
- Visitor Information Look for the orange and purple vintage VW buses at New Vista High School parking lot and Chautauqua Trailhead. Here, friendly visitor ambassadors can help answer questions about hiking, dining, shopping and exploring Boulder.
- Bathrooms You'll find bathrooms at the Ranger Cottage and around the back of the Chautauqua Dining Hall.
- Stay on the trail and walk through mud. If needed, step off the trail to maintain distance. Please avoid stepping on vegetation. If possible, step onto a rock or a bare spot to let others pass, then step back on the trail.
- Real-Time Trail Map This OSMP map is great for checking for real-time closures due to wildlife nesting or for other reasons. You can also see how busy your trail tends to be with the colored dots. Zoom in to see specific trails more closely.