About Ellis Canvas Tents

Ellis Canvas Tents is based in Durango, Colorado in the unique Southwest part of the United States. This is where the mountains meet the desert and elevations go from below sea level to over 14,000 ft. This unique and scenic environment makes for great ranching, hunting, camping and just plain old outdoor living. The key is, you have to be ready for any and all conditions. We can have rain or blazing sun in the winter or snow in the middle of July. This environment demands the best from its people and their equipment.

That’s where Ellis Canvas Tents comes in. We live here and we understand the needs of the environment and the people who go out into it on a regular basis in every condition you can imagine. For over 25 years, we have made the BEST lightweight canvas tents and canvas bedrolls by hand with the highest-quality rugged materials to ensure they will withstand whatever Mother Nature can conjure.

We didn’t learn how to make the finest canvas products by accident. Close to us in Durango, Colorado there are over 40 licensed outfitters. We recognized their needs and learned from them. We have perfected our craft through their experiences and through years of hard use, research and feedback. View our quality handmade canvas tents and bedrolls, and learn why you should buy your next Canvas Tent or Bedroll from Ellis Canvas Tents.

A BIO of Dave the Tent Smith

Dave Ellis ” tent maker” in Durango Co has been building canvas tepee tents for working cowboys in the south west for 35 years.

The concept of a natural fiber lightweight tent came about when Ellis Canvas Tents and Snowtrekker Tents teamed up to have an ultra strong natural fiber tent.
I am a fabricator by profession, although I have a particular set of skill . my skill set ranges from upholstery too covers and enclosures of all kinds made with Canvas. The choice to get into tent design and fabrication was a deliberate one because local outfitters shared there design concepts and I put them into application. Before long I became noted for two distinct products in the southwest, Bedrolls and Cowboy Tepee’s. I have made hundreds of wall tents but my specialty has always been the tepee style canvas tents. After many years of making a heavy canvas tepee I chose to redesign them to be light weight also.