Hermit Park Open Space - an Estes Park Campground and Open Space

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]

The 1,362 acres of Hermit Park Open Space nestle into the hills at 7,880-8,964 feet elevation. Ponderosa pine forests and wetland meadows characterize this beautiful property and its abundant habitat for an impressive variety of mountain wildlife. Features include cabins, RV and tent camping, group campground, reservable group pavilion, and trails for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

The preservation of this stunning area was a joint effort 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.

Hermit Park Open Space requires entrance and camping permits, and is open March through mid December. It is located 2 miles southeast of Estes Park, Colorado.

General Regulations

For specifics, ask a ranger for a copy of the Regulations Brochure.

Entrance permits are required for all use at Hermit Park Open Space, whether you drive in, walk in, bike in, or ride a horse.

  • Quiet hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Collection of firewood, including cutting of trees and branches, is not allowed.
  • Firearms or fireworks are prohibited.
  • Glass containers are not allowed.
  • Public consumption of alcohol above 3.2% is prohibited. No kegs allowed.
  • Dogs must be on leashes not longer than ten feet and must not be left unattended at any time.
  • Maximum of eight people per campsite/cabin.




Park Entrance Permits

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