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.
There are no amenities,just out houses. Campsites are spread out. Fire pits,picnic tables.Well shaded. Quiet,well maintained. A real paradise. Lots of hiking trails. Only 3 miles from downtown Estes Park.
We stayed at site h34 and it is fairly secluded from the road and other camp sites. The site was clean and contained a firepit and charcoal grill. At the main office there was small snacks, ice, and firewood available. The people at the main office were very helpful and nice
This campground is the ones that the locals go to when not in RMNP. It is in Estes but far enough away to not be inudated with tourists. It is quiet, it is roomy, it is beautiful. Truly one of my favorites.
Hermit Park is a well kept secret While the RMNP was full,got a beautiful camp spot at Hermits. Drive up spots.