Hayden, CO: The Heart of the Yampa Valley


Hayden, Colorado, is ideally located to take advantage of area winter sports, including nordic skiing, alpine skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling.


Nordic Skiing

  • Dry Creek Park in Hayden has a small (1 mile) Nordic track for both skate and classic skiers along with snowshoeing.
  • ‘Deepe Ranch’ offers over 10 miles of groomed Nordic trails for both ski and snowshoeing.  (Please respect this great opportunity provided by the Deepe’s to recreate on private land adjacent to Town).
  • Yampa River State Park’s 1 mile Nordic track is groomed for winter skate and classic skiing along with snowshoeing.
  • Backcountry skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts can find many options on Forest Service and other trails.

Alpine Skiing

Alpine skiers can travel to Steamboat Springs to visit the world-class ski area, Steamboat Resort, or at the historic Howelsen Hill.


Snowmobilers can enjoy some 100 miles of groomed winter trails northwest of Hayden. The Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club maintains trails located in the Bears Ears area of national forest lands. Trail elevations range from approximately 7,000 to over 10,000 feet with snow depths of 4 to 10 feet from late November through April. The area has a wide variety of terrain and scenic overlooks.

Additional Winter Sports

Dog sled rides are available in the Dunckley Pass region of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area through Snow Buddy Dog Sled Tours.

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