Lightweight Canvas Tents Handcrafted in Durango, CO for over 30 years.

We’ve looked hard at age old canvas tent designs and spent thirty years innovating those ideas to create the most functional tents in the world. We build our tents to stand the test of time, and we are proud to hold a place in the long and beautiful story of people living extraordinary experiences at the edges of the earth. It’s the story of canvas shelters and wood-fired stoves glowing in the darkness and fueling our endless human curiosity.


The Ellis Ethos


    Your tent should go up easily in any weather conditions. It needs to keep you comfortable no matter how loudly Mother Nature growls. All of our designs can be pitched by one person in under 15 minutes. The tents themselves are designed to deflect wind and shed water.


    It's not just about the materials we use, but how we put them together. We think about stress points and reinforcements.We think about how to replace zippers when the slider fails. We think about how to keep our tents out of landfills and in the wilderness where they belong.


    When you’re ready to move, your tent should be too. Our signature compression bag makes short work of striking your camp. Our tents average 40% lighter than other brands due to our signature 7oz canvas and the integration of Polyester for our door systems.

Celebrating 30 Years of Adventure

Limited Edition 30th Anniversary T-Shirt

Customer Reviews

  • Cowboy Bedroll

    I've had my cowboy bedroll for almost 10 years. It's the most comfortable sleep system I own, at home or away. Top quality construction and materials.
    -Greg O.

  • Prairie Tent

    Ellis has worked on perfecting this design for over 30 years and it shows in both the craftsmanship and quality of this tent. On the fence? Buy one! It will be the best investment for you and your family.
    -Laura A.

  • Split-Torrent

    I absolutely love my tent. It is beautiful, functional, and durable. The fabric is wonderful and every detail is first-class. Thrilled to have finally pulled the trigger and purchased a Dave Ellis Canvas Tent.
    -Colleen L.

Hardworking gear, built to last.