Hermit Park Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 9/6/2013

Current Conditions

Natural Resources is actively working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess all flood related damages at Hermit Park Open Space, and at Big Thompson Canyon parks. Road repairs at Hermit Park Open Space will begin soon, once a contractor is hired. We hope to have the road repaired and the park reopened by the 4th of July weekend.

We will not reopen the reservation system for camping at Hermit Park Open Space until the the contractor confirms our targeted reopening date. Thank you for your patience. This has been a very challenging time for everyone!

[Photo by Jim Disney] Camper Cabin [Photo by Dave Marvin] Bobcat Campground site [Photo by Charlie Johnson] Enjoying the trail [Photo by Charlie Johnson] Wildlife in the Meadow [Photo by Will Niedringhaus] Breathtaking views - Photo by Charlie Johnson Lunch with a view [Photo by Sue Burke] Looking down on Estes Park [Photo by Harry Strhasky] [Hermit Park Open Space Flood Photo] [Hermit Park Open Space Flood Photo] [Hermit Park Open Space Flood Photo] [Hermit Park Open Space Flood Photo]
Park situation

Fire restrictions have been lifted.

Kruger Campground is now an equestrian campground with five campsites available. Depending on the campsite the corral will hold up to 2-4 horses. Bring your horse and come check us out! Equestrian camping reservations must be made by phone - call 1-800-397-7795.

Our cabins are open and we have good availability during the week. Get your reservations in early for the weekends! We are at our seasonal prices of $80 per night. Each cabin has its own propane powered heater that keeps the cabin warm and cozy! The lights also run on propane as the cabins are non-electric with no indoor plumbing - very rustic!

Cabins are equipped with a camp stove for cooking, two sets of bunk beds, and a table with benches. Campers need to bring everything they would normally need when tent camping, with the exception of the stove and the tent.

With the exception of the Aspen cabin, which has one set of bunk beds and sleeps four, all other cabins sleep eight.

The entrance permit at Hermit Park has remained at $6.00 per day, and we now offer an automated pay station for those who enter the park before/after visitor services office hours or who don't want to wait in long lines. The pay station accepts only credit or debit cards. The automated pay station does not accept cash. Cash permit and multiple day permit purchases must be made at the visitor services office.

The camping fee is $24.00 per night plus your vehicle permit. Equestrian camping is slightly higher at $30 per night plus your vehicle permit. A maximum of eight people per cabin or camp site.

Hermit Park is dry camping, and we have no hook-ups. We do, however, have many camp sites large enough to hold your RV or 5th wheel as well as the smaller campers and tents. We have two wells to provide water for the campgrounds! We also have a dump station for the self-contained camping units.

Colorado weather is subject to rapid change. We are now in the summer season where it rains some almost every afternoon. It can be a brief sprinkle or a longer downpour, but most rains last less than 20 minutes. When you come to hike or camp, please bring clothing that can adapt to all weather conditions.

We hope to see you soon!


At this time of the season, you can make online reservations. We also have walk-in availability.

Visitor Services office hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Hermit Park's direct number is (970) 577-2090.

If camp sites are available you can make reservations at the Visitor Services office at the campground for same day camping. However, no reservations for future dates can be made at the Visitor Services offices. All walk-in reservations must be made in person at the campground.

Camping reservations can be made for as much as 180 days in advance! Don't wait too late to make your bookings and lose your favorite campsite!

For reservations, call (800) 397-7795 or visit www.larimercamping.com.


Hermit Park Open Space is home to a lot of wildlife! We have bears, bobcats, coyotes, deer, elk, wild turkeys, and fox in the park, so keep your eyes open!

Please use care in storing your food stuff! As always, be sure you are bear aware and careful with your food supplies while you are camping.

Park events

Visitor Services office hours of operation:

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions may be directed to (970) 577-2090.

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.