The Hayden Heritage Center Museum is committed to ensuring the safety of our guests and staff. 


With the most recent information regarding COVID-19, we have made the decision to re-open the Museum to the public.

The Museum will be open Tuesday, Wednesday  and Thursday from 11 am to 4 pm until further notice.

We are taking precautionary measures; no known cases of the virus have been reported by any of our volunteers, staff or visitors. We have increased cleaning and sanitizing frequencies in our building as an additional precautionary measure.

Face masks will be required for entry.  We request that out guests refrain from coming in if they feel ill, have a fever, lost the sense of smell or if you have been exposed to COVID-19.


Parties of more than 5 persons are discouraged and social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained..

Hand sanitizer will be available.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Hayden Heritage Center Museum!  Stay well and be safe!!!


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and regional history, as well as various subjects including Railroad, Quarterhorse Collection,  out of print books, unpublished manuscripts, family files as well as subject catalogue files and more!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

-Summer Hours-


Until  further notice

Tues-Thus 11-4 pm

Hours subject to change. Please call to make sure we are open!

-Winter Hours-


Sept 30 thru May 25


Weekends call in advance to make an appointment!




Donations greatly appreciated!


Upcoming 2020 Events 

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic we are canceling/ postponing Summer Events
Ride the Cog Fundraiser
***Postponed to Sept 12, 2020***
Experience the beautiful scenery and history of West Routt County at the speed of a bike! Three challenging rides to choose from followed by an after party with lunch & live music. Early Bird discount tickets availible for purchase until May 15th $40 per person includes after party. After May 15th tickets are $50 per person. Click here for more information including ride maps with elevations!
Tour of the Elkhead Rock School House
Cancelled / postponed to Summer 2021
Immerse yourself in history and literature with a day trip to the Elkhead Rock School house featured in the NY Times bestseller book "Nothing Daunted". Transportation and lunch included. Fundraiser event cost TBA
Routt County Pioneer Picnic at Mt Harris!
This years picnic will be an exclusive event at the former site of Mt. Harris.  Potluck  lunch- Main dish and beverages provided- Bring a side dish to share! Guest speakers on different aspects of our local history. Free event 
Echoes of the Past Lantern Tour of the Cemetery
Enjoy an evening of local history hearing stories of our past through the lives of some of our local 'ghost' reenactors while touring the historic Hayden Cemetery after dark by lantern light. Fundraiser event!
Annual Hayden Holiday Stroll
December TBA
Visit the Museum decked out for the Holidays with goodies galore. Free event!

Jerry Green Memorial Scholarship

The Hayden Museum suffered a great loss in 2018 when long time Board member and Treasurer, Jerry Green, passed away. To commemorate Jerry’s legacy as a cornerstone to the Museum and as an educator, the Museum Board  created a Scholarship Program from a portion of monies donated in his memory.

Graduating Hayden Students can apply for a $500 scholarship by completing an application and submitting it by the deadline.

Click here for more information 

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