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Park to Park Shuttle to Chautauqua

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.

Boulder's Park to Park Shuttle

How the Shuttle Works

The Park to Park shuttle runs during summer weekends and holidays only. This year, it will begin Saturday, May 25, 2024, and run through Monday, Sept. 2, 2024. 

  • Free
  • Every 15 minutes
  • May 25 through Sept. 2, 2024
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 8am–8pm
    plus holidays, 8am–8pm:
    • Memorial Day (May 27)
    • Juneteenth observed (June 19)
    • Independence Day (July 4) 
    • Labor Day (Sept. 2)
  • Short, 10-minute-or-so ride
  • Leashed dogs are welcome (but please be mindful, for before or after your hike, that dogs are not allowed on the Pearl Street Mall)
  • Shuttles feature bike racks
  • Strollers and hiking gear welcome

Parking for the Shuttle Park for free at one of the five downtown parking garages shown on the route map; the Regent lot at the University of Colorado-Boulder; or New Vista High School. Then hop on the shuttle. See the route map below for shuttle stops and parking. When you're downtown, look for this parking symbol Parking symbol to indicate garages that are free on the weekend.

Accessibility Info

All Park to Park shuttles are ADA-compliant and accessible for people using wheelchairs. Accessible parking is provided in designated downtown parking structures. Free accessible parking is available in Chautauqua Park around the Chautauqua Park green parking area.

Visitor Information

Look for the orange vintage VW bus 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. 

Shuttle Route and Stops


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Park to Park Shuttle Map 2023

Ranger Cottage

At the Ranger Cottage at the Chautauqua Trailhead, rangers are available to help answer questions about the trails, provide hiking recommendations and share information about local ecology and wildlife. 

Paid Parking at Chautauqua: Paid parking is $2.50 per hour from 8am to 5pm on summer weekends and summer holidays along the Chautauqua Park green parking areas, on Baseline Road near the park, at the Chautauqua Ranger Cottage lot and in the neighborhood north of Chautauqua Park. 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.

Free accessible parking is available in Chautauqua Park around the Chautauqua Park green parking area.

During fall, winter and spring, there is no shuttle or satellite parking service, and parking is free at Chautauqua.

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Additional Tips

  • Real-Time Bus Info For real-time shuttle schedule and information download the Transit app.
  • Bathrooms You'll find bathrooms at the Ranger Cottage and the Chautauqua Dining Hall.
  • Please stay on the trail. If conditions are muddy, walk through mud and not around it. When letting others pass in narrow spots, step onto a rock or a bare spot whenever possible.
  • 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.