Hayden, CO: The Heart of the Yampa Valley

6,434

elevation

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1906

founded

1,966

population

Welcome to Hayden

Located just 20 miles west of Steamboat Springs and 17 miles east of Craig, the town of Hayden boasts easy access to some of Colorado’s best outdoor recreation and resort town amenities, but without the crowds or high price tag.

Birthplace of the American Quarter Horse

A major portion of the foundation stock bloodlines of the American Quarter Horse came from Hayden, Colorado, through the efforts of early breeders such as Coke Roberds, Si Dawson, Marshall Peavy, Evelyn Peavy Semotan and Quentin Semotan.  It was in Hayden that the foundation bloodline of Old Fred/ Peter McCue was first bred. Many AQHA champion horses trace back to this famous bloodline.

Hayden Heritage Center
Hayden Heritage Museum