The Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge is located at 11,200 ft. in Richmond Basin off the Imogene Pass jeep trail between Ouray and Telluride, Colorado. Situated in a gorgeous forest the lodge provides comfort and full amenities. Bring your own bedding. Hike, bike or off road ready, high clearance 4WD in from Camp Bird required. I charge $120/person/night, $25/dog/stay and chef
The Mount Hayden Backcountry Lodge is located at 11,200 ft. in Richmond Basin off the Imogene Pass jeep trail between Ouray and Telluride, Colorado. Situated in a gorgeous forest the lodge provides comfort and full amenities. Bring your own bedding. Hike, bike or off road ready, high clearance 4WD in from Camp Bird required. I charge $120/person/night, $25/dog/stay and chef/owner caters breakfast and dinner at your convenience. All dietary needs can be accommodated. please see Haydenbackcountry.com for more information
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Strict
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
- Response rate: 40%
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Imogene Pass Eco-Logde Mount Hayden in Colorado.
The vibe at Imogene Pass Eco-Logde Mount Hayden
Places to see near Richmond Basin Retreat
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Most people don't camp at 11,000 feet for comfort, but at Richmond Basin, you get the best of both worlds. A tent that can sleep 8 with a wood stove to keep you warm once the sun sets, catered meals delivered right to the tent, and endless trails to wander around no matter what the season. This place has all the comforts of home, and all the views you could ever dream up. Situated in the Richmond Basin next to the famed Imogen Pass, you have easy access to the Richmond Trail and as many saddles and peaks as your heart desires. Nothing beats a warm meal at the end of a day exploring where not many others have. Accessible by high clearance experienced 4x4, or by simply hiking, Richmond Basin Retreat is everything you've ever wanted at 11,000 feet, and more.
How do you put a magical place into words? Almost impossible. You feel like you've stepped into a private piece of heaven at Eric and Susie's beautiful site.
The landscape is stunning: from Mount Hayden looming over you to the left, to the babbling creek that turns into a stumbling waterfall, to the plethora of trails: backcountry roads, scrambling, bouldering, hiking trails, game trails - it's heaven.
And that's before Eric's incredible cooking fills you up morning and night, with Susie's hospitality and kindness in keeping the outfitter's tent spotless while you're out hiking.
We felt like camping royalty being there, and cannot wait to return.
Thank you, Eric and Susie, for a truly memorable weekend.
P.S. For those driving, be sure to pay attention to the 4x4 high-clearance note. It's not a joke. We got up with a Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it's pretty torn up on the bottom. There are shelves that get to be 2-3 feet high that you can't avoid (we tried). Take a good look at your vehicle then compare it to Colorado West Jeep's pictures. We like to push the limits in our vehicles, but we made a mistake on this one for sure. Thanks to Eric for rescuing us :)
After 8 years of living in CO, we felt like we struck gold. Eric and Susie have created a truly magical place. Their hospitality is superb and they left us dying to come back for more. Thanks for creating this haven! We can’t wait to come back!
This place was unbelievable, above and beyond our expectations! Eric was so friendly and accommodating, and even helped us get up the crazy path leading up to the tent. I will say the road to the tent is definitely not for the faint of heart 😂and you will most definitely need 4wd and probably high clearance vehicle (although we made it in a regular dodge ram truck with only a couple scuffs) but probably one of the best experiences of our lives! The view from the tent is something from a dream, it's just such a spectacular place with Eric bringing us warm meals for breakfast and dinner. Everything was perfect!! We will be back!
Beautiful place, bad communication
Eric let us know shortly before our trip that the yurt had been damaged by an avalanche but he could accommodate us in a cabin in the same area. We had been planning the trip for months, and last-minute lodgings in such a popular place are hard to come by, so we agreed to rent the cabin. Communication with him was confusing and frustrating. We got the feeling something was going on that he wasn’t telling us.
First we expected to stay in the cabin, then when we got to Ouray he said the yurt was ready, then suddenly it was the cabin again and he said we must have misunderstood him.
We made transportation arrangements with him before the trip that he either forgot, or wasn’t able to fulfill but didn’t want to tell us. He did eventually meet us to drive us up the 4 X 4 road as we agreed, but we started up a hike we weren't prepared for based on his changing instructions. We not only lost a lot of time, but could have gotten ourselves into a dangerous situation had passing ATV-ers not warned us about the conditions of the shelf road ahead.
Once we got there, we were kind of amazed to learn that the one-room cabin with a sleeping loft was his home, where he lives, that we would be sharing with him, his son and his nephew. (They went outside late at night to sleep in a camper and a tent.) I can’t imagine that was his original plan, because the cabin was not ready for guests (i.e. fresh bedding). It really seems like he was expecting the yurt to be ready, but got some news late in the day that it wasn't, but didn't tell us that.
We stayed one night and left in the morning. They're great kids, friendly and sweet, and our kid had a fun time playing board games with them. Bree the dog is a sweetheart. Eric is an interesting guy and his passion for living in this beautiful place is contagious. He’s a talented cook—the dinner and breakfast he made were excellent.
It was not the private family vacation we planned for or expected, and we were pretty crushed. I understand that the road closure (it opened the day we went up there) and damage to the yurt put him in a tight spot. I just wish he had been up front with us in the first place, so we had all the information we needed to make a decision before we were high up a mountain with no way to get down til morning and the sun going down.
Insane, amazing and beautiful.
This was my families first trip out to the Colorado and was chosen based on this camp. We then build the rest of our trip around this stunning location. Ive traveled a good amount of the world and I can say this place has the most breathtaking scenery ive ever witnessed.
From the very beginning of the trip Eric helped us navigate the trail up to the camp since I had no Colorado off road experience. And like other reviews describe the road is not for the faint hearted (especially if your from the east coast). But Eric and his buddy Mike helped us up the road with ease. If you have no off road experience I would reach out to Eric for guidance.
The camp is framed by lush green forest and a beautiful mountain background. A small stream cuts through the camp and the old snow fall provided us with a fun end of summer snowball fight. The walking trail leading to the camp was surrounded by wild mountain flowers and tall grass. its like a dream.
Erics meals were hearty and delicious. The first night was a pasta with elk meat accompanied by garlic bread and dessert. The second night we had venison (the best ive ever had!), mashed potatoes and broccoli.
The tent provided me with the best sleep ive had in weeks and the stove kept us warm all night. Although you have to feed it every 2.5 hours to keep it toasty.
During the day we hiked down the waterfall stream and found amazing rocks with crystals, we panned for gold (a kit from town for my 7 year old) and explored. At dusk you could see bucks up on the ridge with the help of binoculars. The stars at night were insane! we had no moon with no clouds and the milky way was clear as day.
This was an epic trip. Words or pictures cant do this special place any justice. If you visit this amazing location please respect the nature and surroundings around it.
Thanks so much for sharing with us Eric!!
Alpine paradise with gourmet meals
Carl Sandburg wrote that "Roads are filters, the rougher the road the finer the filter." The Imogene Pass Road that leads to Richmond Basin Retreat is one of the finer filters most of us will travel, and the payback is even finer. You stay in a roomy platform tent on the edge of a stunning alpine meadow. Eric, the personable host and a professionally trained chef, delivers hot breakfasts and wonderful dinners at your convenience twice daily. He also provides good advice about right-out-the-tent-door hikes and insights on local natural history. Stars at night are awesome and the 360 degree mountain views from the front deck leave you lost in contemplation every time you step out. We stayed five days and wish we had more time. This is a very special destination with a host to match. We wish Eric well as he expands his footprint here with a full-fledged mountain lodge down the creek.