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Explore the Outdoors & Rich History of Hayden

Explore the Outdoors & Rich History of Hayden
3 days

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.

Insider's Tip

The Reel Deal:

The Colorado Parks & Wildlife fishing app can help you discover 1,300 fishing locations, check conditions and regulations and more. Search CPW Fishing in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. 

Day 1
Activity

Nature Conservancy Carpenter Ranch

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

Lunch

Hayden Mercantile

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

Hiking in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area

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A precious expanse of open land, Flat Tops is Colorado's second-largest wilderness. Thousands of recreationists in search of hiking, camping, horseback, hunting and fishing visit each year.
Dinner

HiWay 40 Grill and Lodge

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One of the oldest continuous places of business in Colorado, featuring a full-service bar, restaurant, and nightly and short term rentals in the upstairs apartments. Read More
Activity

Fishing at Yampa River State Park

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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 Park is one of the healthiest trout fisheries found in the state.

Insider's Tip

Lodging:

Head back to the HiWay 40 Lodge for the night, where you can stay in one of the rental apartments.

Day 2
Breakfast

Wild Goose Coffee at the Granary

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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 Wild Goose Coffee shop featuring locally... Read More

Activity

Flat Tops Trail - Scenic and Historic Byway

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Cuts through the original White River Plateau Timberland Reserve. Read More
Lunch

Ember's Wood Fired Pizza

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Bringing authentic and adventurous wood fired cuisine to Hayden and Routt County via our mobile wood fired ovens. Find us at Wild Goose coffee weekly! Read More
Activity

Hike Black Mountain Creek Trail

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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 abundance of wildflowers.

Insider's Tip

Camp Dinner:

Grab items for dinner from Hayden Mercantile.

Activity

Fish at Chapman Reservoir Campground

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Cast a line for the rainbow trout present in Chapman Reservoir.

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

Broken Yolk Cafe

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Delicious breakfast and lunch with large portions. Read More
Activity

Search for Sandhill Cranes in California Park

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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 outside of migration.
Lunch

Kum & Go Pizza

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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. Read More
Activity

Hayden Heritage Center Museum

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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, as well as the area's legacy of... Read More

Dinner

Yampa Valley Brewing Co.

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Never tried a craft beer or don't know the lingo?  No worries!  YVBC offers sampler options to allow you to discover your new favorite beer.

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Insider's Tip

Grit Girls Eatery: Check out the Grit Girls Eatery food truck at the brewery for dinner.
Activity

Historic Walking Tour of Hayden

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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 areas and into the business section of town.
Lodging

Routt County Fairgrounds RV & Tent Camping

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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 up (water, sewer, electric 20/30/50 amp) sites with concrete pads and an asphalt parking lot, as well as 14 primitive electric-only (20amp) sites.