This ranch town near Steamboat Springs is best known for its Yampa Valley Regional Airport, which most visitors to Colorado's far northwest fly in and out of on commuter flights from Denver or less-frequent, direct commercial flights from major cities around the U.S.
However, Hayden is also a great jumping-off point for some of the state's top outdoor adventures. Located in beautiful Routt County, Hayden is near the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, Mt. Zirkel and Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas. Opportunities for backpacking, hiking and biking abound in these nationally protected open spaces, while water enthusiasts and campers will enjoy state parks including Stagecoach, Steamboat Lake and Pearl Lake, and Elkhead Reservoir. Hunting and fishing are major draws around the Hayden and Steamboat area. Camping here is a year-round favorite due to Hayden's spectacular landscapes.
Hayden's local businesses include family restaurants, a deli and a motel. For cultural activities and some of the best downhill skiing in the nation, most community members head about 20 miles east to Steamboat Springs. Those feeling a little more adventurous can try out the local dogsled tours.