Mariana Butte Golf Course

Hermit Park Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 4/18/2015

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  currrently OPEN on limited use basis. Prior cabin reservations will be honored, however no walkin cabins or camping is being allowed at this time. Some snowshoeing/crosscountry skiing will be allowed on closed roads and campgrounds. Please stop/check at office for directions. Vehicle day passes required to enter Hermit Park @ $6/vehicle.

Current Conditions: We have approx 20"-24" of snow on the ground. The main road has beeen plowed but not the secondary roads to campgrounds or cabins and are impassable. It is currently partly cloudy with some snow expected during the day and over the weekend. The switchbacks up into the park are slippery and snow packed as well as the main roads.  4WD vehicles are REQUIRED to enter the park. Please use caution and drive accordingly. Refer to this website for updates.

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.

The camping fee is $24.00 per night plus your entrance/vehicle permit. Equestrian camping is slightly higher at $30 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 near the dump station 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.  Kruger and Granite Gulch campgrounds remain closed for the time being.

We hope to see you soon!


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

Visitor Services office hours during the season are:

Monday through 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.

Please be aware that we are down to minimal staffing and closed properties during parts of the winter. We apologize for any inconvenience.
See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.
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