Best place to camp in Estes Park/Northern Colorado! Wooded sites mean privacy from your neighbors and shade during the day. Vault toilets are very clean, well kept. Staff and Rangers are very friendly and helpful, very knowledgeable about the area. Other reviews mention only 3.2 alcohol, but that rule has changed! ;) Great Hiking and Views, we watched the fireworks for 4th of July in Estes from one of the trails. Large bear boxes fit 2+ coolers. It was full for the holiday week/end, but staff mentioned that there's usually a lot of availability during the week. Have stayed in the cabins in years past, they are nice with gas fireplace for heat, and gas cookers in the cabin. No bedding, but beds are large and soft.
Gorgeous sunsets, so close to Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park. Hidden Gem in a busy tourist town!!
Nice, spaced out campsites. Campsites average prices, but they add an entrance fee to the park for each day on top of the fee. Not much for wildlife. Lots of families with screaming children.
This campsite was pretty enough (in the woods, not much of a mountain view), but it was mostly a negative in our group's eyes. The rangers walked by LITERALLY every 30 minutes to an hour max. They will get on to you about EVERY SINGLE THING - we were a group of 40something adults with a few kids. Very well behaved - playing cornhole and other games, and just sitting around talking. They will reprimand you for having alcohol above 3.2 (seriously, is this Prohibition era??), even if you aren't drunk. They will reprimand you for your voice carrying at 9pm - Um, hi, it's the woods. Even if we are talking in our lowest tone possible, voices carry. They will reprimand you for dog being off leash even if said dog is lying passed out right next to you on the ground.They will reprimand you for basically every single possible thing. It sucked. And the campsites are quite close together, so be prepared for little to no privacy if you're next to strangers. Would not recommend, there are TONS better campgrounds out there.
Very nice campground. Spacious sites, fire pits, picnic tables.
Night 1: Dont be dumb and leave anything out. I was, I left out my water jug, a bear bit it open. Everything else is amazing here! We're staying in the Bobcat loop. Fire pits are 1 of the best I've seen. Its also a quick drive into Estes, and the Cherry place is not too far in the other direction.
Loved this campground! Clean, beautiful, primitive, private. Great geographical features and nice sites.
Camped in the Granite Gulch loop which is about 3 miles down the road after the ranger station. Plenty of trees, even some columbine flowers at the campsite. There's a vault toilet in the loop (no electricity, bring a flashlight!), looks like bear boxes are in the process of being built, and potable water is provided from a spigot back at the group pavilion (a few minutes drive down the road). Super easy to get in to Estes and do day trips to RMNP, plus Kruger Rock trail is a great hike right within Hermit Park.
No cell service until you get in to Estes.
Can buy firewood and ice at the ranger station, and they also have a pay machine outside that takes credit cards for the day pass, if they're closed.
Hermits Park is a great spot to know about. Anyone coming from afar is going to search for federal and state parks, but won't know to check for county parks. This used to be a private retreat for Hewlett Packard employees (HP=Hewlett Packard=Hermits Park). It's very spread out so once you enter and stop and check in, you'll continue on a slow curvy road on to either Hermits Hollow or Bobcat Gulch for your campsite. There is also a loop of cabins which can be rented fairly inexpensively. We stayed in H-11, and it's a very large site and nicely secluded from its neighboring sites. All the sites were pretty large, and there are nice rock outcroppings and large trees throughout the park. A few sites are right up on the road, but most offer nice large lot.
In spite of the many large trees, hammocks are not allowed. It is also not allowed to have any glass containers or any alcohol above 3.2%. This is a bear area, and all food or scented items need to be stored properly. Each campsite has a very large bear box large enough to accommodate anything you'd have, including coolers.
It would be nice if the county could put water in, there are two places to fill containers/rvs-one right by the entrance and another at the entrance to Bobcat Gulch. The toilets are very clean pit toilets, and of course there are no shower facilities. Even the cabins have outhouses. If this was a joint county/state park it would be amazing-lottery money could allow for modern facilities, but what is there is very clean and well maintained. It appears they are doing construction to build another camp area between the two existing areas (June 2018).
There is a large group pavilion which would make a beautiful spot for a wedding. Another area is an equestrian camping area, and there are many trails in the park.
My friend and I have camped here twice, and we love the location. The sites aren't sitting on top of each other, and some spots feel relatively secluded. It is within a few miles of Estes Park, so we k=hike during the day and dash into town for a drink with our dogs in the afternoon. It is also within an hour of Boulder, and two hours of Denver, so it doesn't leave us driving all day to get there and back.
The Kruger Rock Trailhead is inside the campground, and it is a nice hike with an amazing view of the Rockies and Estes at the top. Bring your crayons - there are two trailmarkers on the trail that you can do rubbings of.
we had an amazing time at this campsite! our dog was able to join us, which is not the case in RMNP so it was perfect. clean, quiet, and beautiful.