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May 20, 2019

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Andrew Barth, 303-441-1032

2019 Hessie Trailhead weekend shuttle for leaf peeping

Nederland Park-n-Ride is the pick-up/drop-off location; shuttles run every 18-20 minutes

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder County will once 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 seven years of the program have been successful and shuttle ridership has increased almost every year. Last year, more than 11,860 people rode the shuttle to get to the trailhead and back, which is a more than 3,000 rider increase over 2017!

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

Shuttle Service:
The shuttle service will begin Saturday, May 25 and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Exceptions to that schedule include:

  • Sunday, May 26 – Shuttle will run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, May 27 – Shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5 – Shuttle will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday Sept. 1 – Shuttle will run 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 2 – Shuttle will run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the shuttle will shift to its fall 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. schedule on both operating days until the last day on Sunday, Oct. 6 to account for shorter periods of daylight.


  • 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 18-20 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.
  • Bikes are not allowed on the shuttle due to a lack of bike racks.

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 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.

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

Photo of Hessie Shuttle with shuttle stop sign