$20 / night

Established Camping

Hayden Creek Road

6 Reviews


National Forest



This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you may be able to pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app, and the Scan and Pay feature. If this option is available, you will need to first download the free Recreation.gov mobile app https://www.recreation.gov/mobile-app prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.


Hayden Creek Campground is a hidden gem on the Salida Ranger District. The campground is small with only eleven sites. It is located on the banks of Hayden Creek and at the base of the majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The campground is wooded and very secluded. Sites are best suited to tent camping or small trailers or RV's. Vehicles 25 ft. or less work best in the area.

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Dare To Everywhere  .
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2022

Beautiful sites along the creek!

Stayed: 10/16/2021

Cost: FREE 

Site: 38.332778,-105.809964

Vehicle: Buick Verano

Equipment: Tent

AT&T and T-Mobile: No service

Beautiful site along Hayden Creek. Multiple dispersed sites are along Hayden Creek Rd before reaching Hayden Creek Campground. There’s a General Store and Liquor Store in Cotopaxi right on Highway 50. Plenty of room for a decent size setup with existing fire rings. Easy dirt road access. It got very cold in October, but has beautiful views of the mountains!


Month of VisitNovember
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2021

Great dispersed camping, Absolutely a gem

Tent camped in the dispersed area because Hayden creek was full, near Rainbow trailhead, entire area to ourselves 98% of the time besides two groups of hikers over 2 nights almost 3 days. Bring camp toilet for dispersed camp areas or walk to the vault toilet at Hayden creek (long walk). Camped right along the brook an filtered water.

SiteDispersed camping
Month of VisitAugust
Tommy C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

Remote place that I don’t think is very well known

Loved the campground. Remote, dirt road and bringing my pop up camper was a tiny challenge but loved the spacing of campgrounds and wooded area! We weren’t on the creek side but ventured over there and it was rad. One thing I would recommend is to get there early. We got there Friday right at 2pm and there were only a couple sites left. It’s all first come first served. We had a rowdy group across from us and there are no camp hosts to it was kind of a free-for-all which was probably my only complaint. The scenic photos here are not all in the campground but places right near the grounds! Pit toilet, but was actually in pretty good shape. As far as getting there, using google maps is the way to go and NOT Apple Maps. Apple Maps sends you to Cuttys down the street and not to Hayden Creek Campground. Great place! We will be back!


Hayden Creek Road is located in Colorado

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38.329669 N
105.823633 W

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