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Explore the Outdoors & Rich History of Hayden

In the hidden gem of Routt County, Hayden serves as your launchpad for a diverse range of summer activities. From fishing along the Yampa River to walking through historic downtown, Hayden is the place to be!

Sustainability Activity

Lend a Hand

Volunteer for the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition and help protect Colorado’s rare and endangered birds.

Day 1

activity

Nature Conservancy Carpenter Ranch

Carpenter Ranch, is a working cattle operation, run by The Nature Conservancy. As a research and education center, the ranch features interactive exhibits…

lunch

Hayden Mercantile

Pick up items for lunch at this small-town grocer.

activity

Hiking in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area

A precious expanse of open land, Flat Tops is Colorado's second-largest wilderness. Thousands of recreationists in search of hiking, camping, horseback,…

dinner

Fais Do-Do Bistro To Go

Serving up delicious Po-Boys, traditional Cajun French sandwiches and other Bayou flavors, you're sure to find something that tickles your tastebuds…

activity

Fishing at Yampa River State Park

The Yampa River offers many fishing opportunities. Anglers fish for both warm-water and cold-water species in the Yampa. Upstream of Yampa River State…

lodging

Routt County Fairgrounds RV & Tent Camping

Routt County Fairgrounds is 37 acres located approximately two blocks south of Highway 40 and downtown Hayden on Poplar Street. There are 9 full-hook…

Day 2

breakfast

Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary

Built in 1917, the Historic Hayden Granary was originally used for grain processing and storage until 1988, a feed store until 2012, and today hosts…

activity

Flat Tops Trail - Scenic and Historic Byway

Winding its way through lush river valleys, the Flat Tops Trail byway skirts the bountiful Flat Tops Wilderness, climbs over two of the state's least-traveled…

lunch

Franciosi Brothers Tap and Table

Grab artisan pizza, salads, wings and sandwiches and a local brew at Franciosi Brothers Tap and Table.

activity

Hike Black Mountain Creek Trail

The first mile of trail follows an old logging road as it winds through a large meadow. This area is very beautiful, June through August, due to the…

Insider's Tip

Camp Dinner

Grab items for dinner from Hayden Mercantile.

Insider's Tip

Camp at Chapman Reservoir

Stay the night at the Chapman Reservoir Campground, where some of the sites offer a beautiful view of the reservoir and the Little Flat Tops.

Day 3

breakfast

Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary

Built in 1917, the Historic Hayden Granary was originally used for grain processing and storage until 1988, a feed store until 2012, and today hosts…

activity

Search for Sandhill Cranes in California Park

California Park has one of the highest breeding populations of sandhill crane in the state, and thus is also one of the best places to see that species…

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lunch

Kum & Go Pizza

At Kum & Go, every pizza is made to order. Why? Because it’s your pizza, and it doesn’t become yours until you order it.

activity

Hayden Heritage Center Museum

Located in the Moffat Railroad Depot built in 1918, the museum has exhibits on Hayden and West Routt Co history, its agricultural and mining heritage,…

dinner

Creek View Grill

This diner offers a variety of cuisine, from Mexican-inspired enchiladas to American classics like grilled-cheese-and-ham sandwiches.

activity

Historic Walking Tour of Hayden

Hayden is fortunate and unique to have so many original buildings still standing. This tour will take you from the train depot through the shady residential…

lodging

Routt County Fairgrounds RV & Tent Camping

Routt County Fairgrounds is 37 acres located approximately two blocks south of Highway 40 and downtown Hayden on Poplar Street. There are 9 full-hook…