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Things to Do


From leisurely walking trails to adventurous climbs, Hayden has a hiking trail for everyone. Check out our trail guide for the best places to run, hike and bike.


Easy access to the Yampa River makes Hayden a world-class fishing destination without the crowds. For lower elevation lake fishing, try Elkhead Reservoir.


With abundant elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope and even black bear and mountain lion populations, hunters from all over come to Hayden to share in our hunting heritage.


For three months a year the Yampa runs wild and free with fresh, surging run-off from the Rockies—a rafting dream come true. Elkhead Reservoir accommodates all types of water sports from water skiing to jet skiing, from kayaking to paddle boarding.

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Summers in Hayden are legendary for all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts. From bird watching and horseback riding to water sports and trail adventures, there are plenty of ways to make the most of the longest and warmest days of the year.

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Our mountain trails become a winter wonderland with the first snowfall, offering ideal locations for snowshoeing, nordic skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. Plus, with world class alpine skiing in Steamboat, there is an activity for everyone.

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