Hayden Creek Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Entrance sign Hayden Creek campground

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. Ideally, vehicles less than 30 feet work best in the area.

Reservations are not taken for this campground. All sites are first-come, first-served.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Drinking water
Fees $14.00 per night; Campground is open after Labor Day with no services and no fee
Usage: Light
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Max RV length 30 ft.
Closest Towns: Coaldale or Salida, Colorado
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Passes: Senior and Access passes are honored at this site.
Operated By: Contact the Salida Ranger District at 719-539-3591
Information Center: No camping fees charged after Labor Day. Trash service is stopped and the restrooms are locked.

General Information


This site is not universally accessible.


From Canon City, Colorado travel west on Highway 50 to Coaldale. Coaldale is a tiny town located on the banks of the Arkansas River. As you enter Coaldale, watch for a sign on the left that says, National Forest access, Hayden Creek campground. Turn left at this sign and onto County Road 6. Stay on this road for 5 miles, passing the Cutty's private campground and Coaldale campground, located on the left.

General Notes:

Bears are common in this area and campers must place all coolers, food and edible items in a hard-sided vehicle at night. Do not leave food out on picnic tables or leave pet food bowls on the ground.


Parking is limited to the parking spur provided at each campsite.


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Status: Closed

RV Camping

Hayden Creek campground can accomodate RV's and trailers up to 25 feet.

Status: Open


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Drinking water No water available!