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Camping: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

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Hayden Creek Campground

Capacity: 110 People
Elevation: 8,000 Feet (2493.8 Meters)
Length of Stay: 14 Days
Number of Sites: 11
Reservation Contact: N/A
Reservation Status: Not Accepted

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General Description

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.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Services Available: Mid-May through Mid-September .

Fee Information
Type Price Remarks
single-unit campsite Call for Current Fee 1 vault toilet, tables, fire r

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: K Schmidt (Canon City, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: BEWARE of people bringing their dogs up there and not putting them on leashes. We had a total of four dogs charge our campsite on two different days of our camping. They were in the wrong, but we got blasted with foul language when we said their dogs needed to be on a leash. Otherwise our camping trip was wonderful, peaceful, but rainy. Beautiful scenery and the sound of the creek was the best part of the trip the week of 8-22-10. We had camp #5 which could hold several tents. Lots of rules to adhere to. Another GREAT part, NO ATVs allowed in the campground.
Conditions: Rained all night on 8-23-10. Muddy roads. Ranger drove thru only once during our three days there. No one to contact about the dog situation. Saw no camp host.
Water Availability: Yes there is a hand pump, but the water is not clear. Lucky, we had brought enough with us.

Filed By: Cal
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful place!!! Very small and quiet. We placed our tent right by the river...some of the best sleep camping.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We stayed here is mid July. The sites were nice but close together and the place was full. Site #6 is great if you have a larger tent. The facilities were clean but there were a ton of very aggressive wasps around, one of which stung our two year old. The camp host was great.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hayden CCG is one that I'd highly recommend. It's tuck away in a horseshoe sourrounded by some incredible high mtn. peaks

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Rainbow Trail
ICON Family Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON RV Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Tent Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Trailer Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Camping Hayden Creek Campground
ICON Fishing Hayden Creek, Bushnell lake, Stout Creek Lake

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Visitor Information:

Salida Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 325 Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, 81201, Phone: 719-539-3591, Fax: 719-539-3593


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