News Release

June 6, 2013, Free Day at Hermit Park Open Space Open Space Features Treasure Hunt

Department: Natural Resources
Release Date: May 30, 2013


Rob Novak, Community Relations Specialist, (970) 679-4561,

There is going to be a day next month when everyone is invited to visit a local treasure free-of-charge.  HERMIT PARK OPEN SPACE - only two miles outside of Estes Park – will open its gates on June 6, 2013, and waive the normal admission price of $6 per vehicle (used for maintenance and upkeep).  Just like a free day at Rocky Mountain National Park! 
In addition, there are special events and activities planned to be sure everyone becomes better acquainted with this awesome treasure.  It’s all part of the Second Annual Land Conservation Appreciation Week, a week-long celebration of all the wonderful work done to protect the special places that make Colorado a phenomenal place to live, work and play.  The Hermit Park Open Space event is co-sponsored by Estes Valley Land Trust and Larimer County Department of Natural Resources
Hermit Park Open Space will host a unique treasure hunt on the 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and all ages are invited to participate.  There will be a treasure map to follow, with directions to visit and learn about all the treasures hidden in this gorgeous, publicly accessible conservation easement: camping, cabin rentals, wildflowers, wildlife, hiking and the history of this unique gem of the Estes Valley.  Most of the day will be unscheduled to allow visitors to come and explore as they wish; however, there will be guided hikes to the saddle on the Kruger Rock Trail at 9:30 and 1:00 and guided wildflower walks are scheduled at 10:00 and 2:00.  No advanced registration is required for any of these activities. 
Hermit Park Open Space is a 1,362-acre open space nestled into the hills at 7,880-8,964 feet elevation, just off Highway 36.  Ponderosa pine forests, wetland meadows and abundant habitat for an impressive variety of mountain wildlife characterize this beautiful property. Amenities include cabins, RV and tent camping, an equestrian campground, a group pavilion which can be reserved for special events, and trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
The preservation of this stunning area was a joint effort in 2007 between Larimer County, Agilent Technologies, Town of Estes Park, Estes Valley Land Trust, Great Outdoors Colorado, City of Loveland, Erion Foundation, City of Fort Collins, McWhinney Foundation, Town of Berthoud and many more contributors. 
The property was originally privately owned, but was purchased in 2007 and opened to the public in 2008.  It is operated and maintained for public use by the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.  Estes Valley Land Trust holds the conservation easement on the property, protecting it from development in perpetuity.  Unlike most conservation easements, this property is not privately owned, and the easement allows public access and recreational use.
So mark your calendar for a free visit to Hermit Park Open Space on June 6, 2013.  Plan a picnic lunch, bring your hat and sunscreen and plenty of water and enjoy one of Estes Park’s close-by treasures. 
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