Dowdy Lake sunset

Hermit Park Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 7/23/2015

Current Conditions

[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]
Park situation

Hermit Park is OPEN. 

Vehicle day passes are required to enter Hermit Park

Current Conditions: The weather has finally warmed up!  We are still having afternoon showers but normally the days are warm and sunny.

The camping fee is $24.00 per night plus your entrance/vehicle permit. Equestrian camping is slightly higher at $30.00 per night plus your entrance/vehicle permit. A maximum of eight people per cabin or camp site.


Hermit Park is dry camping so there are 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 a dump station for the self-contained camping units. Located in the dump station area is a well to provide drinking water for the campground. Generators are allowed in Bobcat, Kruger, and Granite Gulch Campgrounds, only. Generators are not allowed in Hermits Hollow Campground.  

 Colorado weather is subject to rapid change.  When you come to hike or camp, please bring clothing that can adapt to all weather conditions.  

We hope to see you soon!

The entrance/vehicle permit at Hermit Park has remained at $6.00 per day, and we offer an automated pay station for those who enter the park before/after Visitor Services Building hours. The pay station accepts only VISA or Master Card 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 Building.


Camping reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance. 

Visitor Services office hours are currently:

Monday through Thursday:  8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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

For reservations, call (800) 397-7795 or visit

RESERVED A CABIN?    If you can not arrive by closing time of the Visitor Services office, please call 970-577-2090 to get directions on how to get your cabin key after hours.


Hermit Park Open Space is home to a wide variety of wildlife! 

We have: bears, bobcats, coyotes, deer, elk, fox and wild turkeys in the park, so keep your eyes open!  Never get between Mama and her babies!

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

Park events

Questions?  Call:  (970) 577-2090

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
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