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• Cross-country skiers have many options around Hayden. There is a one-mile groomed trail in Dry Creek Park just south of the Routt County Fairgrounds off Poplar Street. Another groomed ski trail, about 1 mile long, circles the Yampa River State Park headquarters about two miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40. East of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40 is a loop about two miles long at the Carpenter Ranch.

• Access to Yampa River State Park, which also includes access to an ice-skating rink, costs $5.

• The nearest access to the Routt National Forest is California Park north of Hayden and the Dunkley Pass area, which is south of Hayden in Rio Blanco County. Both places are favorite areas for snowmobilers and skiers, though road access may depend on snow depth and conditions.

• A favorite sledding area is the hill behind Hayden Valley Elementary School, which is on Poplar Street near the fairgrounds.

• Visitors to Hayden can take a self-guided walking tour and check out the historic homes and other buildings throughout downtown. Maps are available at Hayden Town Hall, 178 W. Jefferson Ave.

• An old railroad depot houses the Hayden Heritage Museum at 300 W. Pearl St. Hayden’s history encompasses many aspects of agriculture, ranching, homesteading and mining. Children especially enjoy ringing the old school bell and exploring the town’s original jail in the back of the depot. The museum’s hours are limited in the winter, so call ahead.

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Where: Where: On U.S. Highway 40, 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs and 17 miles east of Craig.On U.S. Highway 40, 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs and 17 miles east of Craig.

Where: On U.S. Highway 40, 22 miles west of Steamboat Springs and 17 miles east of Craig.

Call: Call: Hayden Town Hall at 276-3741; Carpenter Ranch at 276-4626; Hayden Heritage Museum at 276-4380; and Yampa River State Park at 276-2061.Hayden Town Hall at 276-3741; Carpenter Ranch at 276-4626; Hayden Heritage Museum at 276-4380; and Yampa River State Park at 276-2061.

Call: Hayden Town Hall at 276-3741; Carpenter Ranch at 276-4626; Hayden Heritage Museum at 276-4380; and Yampa River State Park at 276-2061.

She said it: She said it: “We have a log that documents that Kit Carson was here. That's just one of the fun things we've unearthed recently.””We have a log that documents that Kit Carson was here. That's just one of the fun things we've unearthed recently.”

She said it: “We have a log that documents that Kit Carson was here. That’s just one of the fun things we’ve unearthed recently.”

– Mary Pat Dunn, curator, Hayden Heritage Museum