© Hayden Heritage Center

Welcome to the Hayden Heritage Center!

Located in the historic Moffat Railroad Depot Building since 1972, the Museum (established in 1964) has exhibits on local area history from cowboying and homesteading to coal mining. Experience the authenticity of the homesteaders and the lives they carved out in this rugged corner of Colorado.


The Museum is also home to the Leslie Memorial Research Library, a fantastic resource for research whether it is subject based or genealogical. We have numerous books on local and regional history, as well as various subjects including Railroad, Quarterhorse Collection,  out of print books, unpublished manuscripts, family files as well as subject catalogue files and more! You can also access the Museum collection database and look at the Museums wonderful collection of photos at one of the two public computer stations (with internet access) in the research library, which is located conveniently on the first floor. 


The Museum also has a museum gift shop with books on local, regional and Colorado history with an expanded section of kids books and toys as well as unique gifts!


Museum Hours 

-Winter Hours-


Sept 30 thru May 22

Tuesday - Friday

11-4 pm

Weekends call in advance to make an appointment!

-Summer Hours-


May 25 thru Sept 26

Tues-Sat 11-5 pm

Hours subject to change please call to make sure we are open!




Donations greatly appreciated!


Upcoming Events 

Expansion Project Progress


Thanks to generous donors and a grant from the Babson Carpenter Center, the Holderness Granary was deconstructed by The National Center For Craftsmanship and Hayden High School Voch Tech Students and has been moved to its new home at the Museum where it awaits to be reconstructed!


This project was approved as an Enterprise Zone Project.  What this means is that cash donations may be eligible for up to a 20% tax credit on donor Colorado taxes. For more information Please contact the Museum!!


Thanks to our donors and members, the Museum was able to raise the matching funds to obtain a MAHFAB grant for the Construction Documents.


The Construction documents were completed in 2018 by Axial Arts of Hayden through a grant from MAHFAB. The next step is for the property to be annexed into the Town of Hayden as it currently is located in the county. This step is planned to be completed in early 2019. 


Final setbacks and zoning can be established once the property is annexed into the Town of Hayden then reconstruction can take place.


Currently to date we have raised  over $170,000

The next phase is the actual reconstruction which is the largest and most expensive phase of this project!

We are looking to raise $500,000

Area Links:


  • May 30- Ride the Cog Fundraiser
  • June 27th- Tour of the Elkhead Rock School House- fundraiser event
  • July 19th- Routt County Pioneer Picnic
  • Oct 3rd- Echoes of the Past Lantern Tour of the Cemetery
  • December- Annual Hayden Holiday Stroll
The Hayden Depot