Come out and meet the summer rangers and learn about the 2013 Hessie Trailhead shuttle program − Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m. at the Nederland Community Library


Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County will run a free shuttle service again on weekends and holidays from June 2 to Oct. 6 to carry passengers from Nederland Middle/Senior High School to the Hessie Trailhead, a popular entry point for accessing the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.


The Hessie Trailhead shuttle program began last summer to address the issue of increased parking and traffic congestion on the way to the trailhead. This year it will be extended to include peak “leaf peeping” weekends in the fall.


While the trailhead itself is managed by the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests, the road that accesses the trailhead is managed and maintained by Boulder County. 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.

Rather than driving directly to the trailhead, visitors are encouraged to take the RTD ‘N’ bus to Nederland from Boulder or park at Nederland Middle/Senior High School and take the free shuttle instead.

An informational meeting to discuss updates to the shuttle program and to meet the rangers who will be in charge of parking enforcement this summer has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 21:

What: 2013 Hessie Shuttle Kickoff Meeting and Meet the Rangers Event

When: 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 21

Where: Nederland Community Library, 200 Hwy 72, Nederland (map)

It is not necessary to RSVP to the meeting, and family, friends and neighbors are all encouraged to attend.

Shuttle Service:
The shuttle service will begin Sunday, June 2 and will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays throughout the summer. The shuttle will also run on holidays over the summer including Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (Sept. 2). This year, the shuttle operation schedule has been extended until Sunday, Oct. 6 to accommodate the peak autumn leaf season.



  • Park and catch the free shuttle at Nederland Middle/Senior High School (map)
  • Take RTD’s ‘N’ route from Boulder and transfer to the shuttle at Nederland Middle/Senior High School
  • Shuttle arrives every 15 minutes
  • Leashed dogs are welcome on board on the shuttle
  • Parking is for day use only; overnight users should make other arrangements

If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like more information or you would like to provide feedback, visit or contact Scott McCarey at or 720-564-2665.