Hermit Park Open Space Conditions

Report last updated: 4/24/2014

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

Work is being done in the Hermit Park Campgrounds to repair the damage caused by the floods in September 2013.  Plans are to open the park to the public in time for the 4th of July.  With luck the opening may take place a bit earlier.

Damage to the park was not wide spread but the damage incurred was significant.  The road on the cabin loop was badly washed out and is in the process of being rebuilt.  There was also road damage in the upper area of the Hermit Hollow Camground and a portion of the parking lot for the Kruger campground was washed away.  As you may remember, Kruger was newly re-opened in the Spring of 2013 as it had been converted into a horse campground.  The Pavilion/Bobcat Campground area also sustained some water damage.

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.  When you come to hike or camp, please bring clothing that can adapt to all weather conditions.

We hope to see you soon!


Due to the repair work being done in Hermit Park, you are unable to make camping reservations at this time.  The Park remains closed and we hope to re-open in late June of early July, 2014.

Visitor Services office is closed at this time.

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

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 is closed at this time

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

See the Parks and Open Lands event calendar.