Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle begins Saturday, June 13

Nederland Park-n-Ride is the new pick-up/drop-off location; runs every 15 minutes

Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County will once again run a free shuttle service on weekends and holidays this summer/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 summer 2012 to address the issue of increased parking and traffic congestion on the way to the trailhead. The first three years of the program have been successful, providing more than 5,000 rides in 2012, more than 7,000 rides in 2013, and serving almost 7,000 riders in 2014. The shuttle schedule has been extended once again to include peak “leaf peeping” weekends in the fall. The shuttle schedule is included below.

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.

“We are excited to continue this popular summer program and want as many people as possible to take advantage of the FREE shuttle,” said Boulder County Multimodal Division Manager Scott McCarey. “The shuttle operator, Via, has been a terrific partner offering exceptional service, and Nederland is an absolutely beautiful place to visit any time of year.”

Parking near the trailhead and on nearby roads such as 4th 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, June 13 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. 12. On Sept. 12, 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 Independence Day’s observed work holiday (July 3, Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year) and Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7). This year, the shuttle operation schedule has again been extended until Sunday, Oct. 4 to accommodate the peak autumn leaf season.


  • Park & 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 minutes
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on-board the shuttle
  • Parking is for day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

For more information, visit www.HessieTrailhead.com, or contact Andrew Barth at abarth@bouldercounty.org or 303-441-1032.

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