The Hayden Creek Campground is located next to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. The Middle Prong of Hayden Creek flows near the campground. The area is wooded with oak, cottonwood, pine and cedar. The campground is ideal for tent camping. Parking is available for RVs up to 25 feet. The campground has 11 sites some of which can accommodate campers up to 25 feet. No reservations are accepted for the Hayden Creek Campground.
Fishing is available in Hayden Creek, Bushnell Lake and Stout Creek. The later two are accessible by hiking the Rainbow Trail. Many visitors enjoy four-wheeling over Hayden Pass. The Rainbow Trail is accessible for hiking and is open to motorized vehicles less than 40 feet wide. the Rainbow Trail leads users along the boundary of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness. Motorized and mechanized vehicles are prohibited in the wilderness area.
Directions from Salida: Travel 18 miles east from Salida on Highway 50 to Coaldale. Turn left on County Road 6 and drive approximately 4 miles southwest to the campground. County Road 6 is paved for the first 2 miles. The last 2 miles are dirt and gravel and can be rough. Hayden Creek Campground is the last campground on County Road 6. Before you reach it you will pass Coaldale Campground.
Normal Services Available:
Mid-May through Mid-September .