Hayden Pass

A beautiful drive with just the right level of difficulty.

Total Miles

15

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Elevation
10,709'
Duration
2 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Summer - Fall

As we continue to improve our trail coverage, we'd love to hear what you think and which areas to add next.

Trail Overview
Hayden Pass
This is a fun trail that starts climbing the north face at the Forest Service campground. The area is in recovery from a fire, and some wildflowers are beginning to grow back. If you want to picnic, you'll find a great little spot just left of Villa Grove.
History
In the 1870s, long before Highway 50 was built, a very different road system existed in Colorado. At that time Villa Grove was a major mining supply center linked to a network of roads created by Otto Mears. Hayden Pass was the main route to Villa Grove from the east. In 1938, one alternative for construction of Highway 50 included going over Hayden Pass. This plan was killed because the road would bypass Salida.
Getting There
Take Route 50 west from Pueblo or south from Salida. Turn south at Coaldale 0.7 miles west of mile marker 242.
Contact for Current Conditions
San Isabel N.F.
Salida R.D.
(719) 539-3591