Please note: no potable water is available.
Hayden Creek Campground is a hidden gem on the Salida Ranger District. The campground is small with only 11 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.
Reservations are not taken for this campground. All sites are first-come, first-served. Also, vault toilet is available only during peak season.
Our campsite was hands down the best out of all 11. It had everything we needed: plenty of shade, the creek rolling by right next to us. I loved falling asleep to the sound of the water. There is one vault toilet but you will need to bring in your own water. Each site has a picnic table and fire pit. There were several dispersed camp sites just off the side of the road before you get to the campground. They were also alongside the creek but didn’t have much privacy there.
We didn’t get a chance to hike the Rainbow Trail, but we did go over Hayden Pass (we started at the other end in Villa Grove) which was a lot of fun but you must have a 4x4 with good clearance. We will definitely be back!
Really pretty remote-ish campground along Hayden Creek. Even though the creek here was really high and moving fast this spring, there was no danger of campsites flooding. The sites are really pretty large and will accommodate more than one tent or small camper. There are fire pits with grills and picnic tables, and a fairly decent vault. (It’s worth noting that there are several camping areas just outside the campground that don’t offer the grill and table, but are free and are also along the creek. ) It’s worth the hike if your able, up towards Rainbow, but there are also nice trails along the creek. There has not been a host here any of the three times we’ve visited.
was a really great campground, but went to camp there again, and the Forrest service has it shut down. hope it’s not permanent.