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Hinsdale County, Colorado, is the most remote area in the United States' lower 48 states. With a total area of 1,123 square miles, our county is made up of almost 96.5 percent public land. Hinsdale County is covered by mountains, including five 14,000 and over 20 13,000 ft. peaks, and contains one of the most road-less areas in the country. The Continental Divide crosses the county twice, and Hinsdale County is home to three national forests Rio Grande; Grand Mesa Uncompahgre & Gunnison (GMUG) and San Juan. The County is also host to the Slumgullion Earth Flow that slid and dammed the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River creating Lake San Cristobal. 

Hinsdale County is home to 774 residents with 374 residing within the city limits of the Town of Lake City. With an elevation of 8,671 feet and is the least populated county in the state of Colorado with Lake City as the county seat.
Whether you are a full time resident, a part time resident or a visitor, Hinsdale County has many outdoor adventures to offer. The summer and fall seasons boast hiking, biking, fishing and leaf peeping. The winter months bring skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and ice skating. No matter the season Hinsdale County has many outdoor adventures.

Hinsdale County elects three County Commissioners and they hold Board of County Commissioners Meetings at 8:00 am the first and third Wednesday of the month.  All meeting are now conducted through Zoom and if anyone wants to be on the meeting notification list please feel free to email or call 970-944-2225.  Meeting agendas are posted on this page next to a meeting date in the blue section at the bottom of the page. Past meeting agendas and minutes are posted under the Documents tab at the top of the page.




New Hinsdale County Boat Slip Reservation Procedure

Reservations for boat slips at Hinsdale County’s boat dock at Lake San Cristobal will now be chosen through two separate lotteries, one for private use and one for commercial business use.

There are 4 slips available for private use and 3 for commercial.

Anyone wishing to participate in the lotteries must submit an application before December 29, 2021. Applicants can enter in only ONE lottery. Only ONE application per boat for private slips. Only ONE boat slip per commercial business.

Applications are available by contacting Hinsdale County Admin Offices at 970-944-2225 or by email:

Applications can also be downloaded HERE 

Download New Boat Dock Policy Adopted October 20, 2021 HERE

All applications for the lottery must include the Hull Identification Number and be registered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The lottery drawings will take place at the first BOCC meeting in January 2022. Those winners will be contacted and all reservation payments will be due 30 days after notification.

The new boat dock reservation procedure and policy were adopted by resolution during the October 20 Hinsdale County BOCC meeting.



The Hinsdale County Clerks Office will be closed on Friday, November 5, 2021

and will reopen Monday November 8, 2021!


   COVID information Click HERE for the Silver Thread Public Health web page



Hinsdale County Clerk and Recorder/Treasurer’s Office is accepting applications for a full-time employee.  This position will assist in both the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s offices.  Minimum qualifications required for this position include: high school diploma or GED, one or two years of related office experience, knowledge of a variety of office machines, ability to learn a variety of computer application software programs, interface with the public in a professional manner, ability to work under minimal supervision and to exercise initiative.

For an application and complete job description please see Joan Roberts, Hinsdale County Clerk and Recorder or Lori Lawrence, Hinsdale County Treasurer. 

We will be accepting applications until the position is filled.

Click Here for an Application




All elections are Mail Ballot Elections. 

The Clerk’s Office mails ballots to active voters only.

If you are not sure you are an active voter please contact

the Clerk’s Office at (970) 944-2225 Ext 2. 

You must be active no later than October 25, 2021

to receive a ballot by mail for the General Election.

Hinsdale County Courthouse


         Hinsdale County

          Transfer Station Rates

                        Effective: October 26, 2021

Compactible Items

  Household trash

  Softer types of garbage

  • Per bag                                                                        $6.00 (Up to 39 Gallons)

             (No Discounts for Partially Filled Bags)                                 $8.75 (40 to 55 Gallons)

  • Compactible items                                                      $23.40/yard

            Number of yards will be determined by measuring

                the load (length x width x height) and dividing by 27, multiplied by price per yard


Compactor trash trucks are $27.00/yard

Non-compactible, Open Container Items

   Furniture, construction materials, larger items 

  • Per bag                                                                        $7.50 (Up to 39 Gallons)

             (No Discounts for Partially Filled Bags)                                 $10.50 (40 to 55 Gallons)

  • Compactible items                                                      $30.20/yard

            Number of yards will be determined by measuring

                the load (length x width x height) and dividing by 27, multiplied by price per yard

Other Acceptable Items

Junk Cars - (All Gasoline, Oils, and Refrigerant Removed)     $266

Refrigerators                                                                          $48

Tires – car/truck                                                                      $11 each

Tires – commercial truck/equipment                                     $16 each

Hot Water Heaters, Washers, Dryers, Etc.                             $28 each

Sofas w/hide-a-bed                                                                 $35 each

Larger furniture (sofas, tables, etc)                                        $25 each

Smaller furniture Items                                                           $10 each

Small animal carcasses (cats and dogs)                                  $21 each

Batteries                                                                                 $5 each

Electronics                                                                            $.75 per pound

Televisions, Monitors, Printers

Keyboards, Microwaves, CD/DVD Players

Natural timber and slash                                                   $15.10/yard

   Number of yards will be determined by measuring

   the load (length x width x height) and dividing by 27, multiplied by price per yard

Motor & Cooking Oil                                                            $1 Per Gallon

   (Must Not Be Contaminated with Water or Antifreeze)

No Toxic Products, Asbestos, Etc. Accepted.

Refrigerators Must Have Freon Removed by a Certified Technician.

FREE Recycling - Glass, Aluminum & Cardboard (See Transfer Station for Restrictions)

Payment types include credit card, check and on account charge. Credit accounts are available with a $100 deposit.

Questions? Call 944-0529.

Effective January 1, 201

OHV Three Year Pilot Program


OHV Pilot Program begins Friday, May 28, 2021
Please notice the following......

Lake City – Hinsdale County OHV Regulations

All OHV use on Lake City and Hinsdale County roads must comply with the Colorado State statues pertaining to motor vehicles and follow posted speed limits.

All OHV’s operators and or passengers must meet the following requirements:

  • MUST have a current Colorado OHV permit. Note: Colorado does not recognize permits from other states.
  • Operators must have a valid driver’s license in their possession
  • Must have proof of current OHV liability insurance
  • Required to wear a restraint/seatbelt if: the OHV manufacturer originally incorporated restraint or child car seats. Child car seats and restraints must be used in accordance with Colorado motor vehicle laws CRS 42-4-236.
  • Under 18yrs must wear a DOT approved helmet unless in a child seat or age appropriate restraint. Child helmet exception is applicable ONLY for OHV’s designed and manufactured to support a child seat.
  • Required to have proper eye protection (glasses, sunglasses, goggles, etc.) OHV’s with windshields do satisfy this requirement. 
  • May not carry more passengers than designated by the manufacturer. All passengers must be seated in designated seating per manufacturer specifications.

  • It is unlawful to operate any vehicle off: designated streets, roads, highways or trails.

From May 28 until September 30, 2021, OHV’s are allowed on State Highway 149 from the County Road 30 intersection south of town, to the Oceanwave Drive intersection ONLY. OHV’s are NEVER allowed to travel on Hwy 149 past CR 30 to the south, or past the Lake City Bakery within the Town of Lake City.

Fines may be assessed from $75, not to exceed $1000

Please email us with any comments or suggestions

For more OHV and Lake City Travel Information Information click HERE

Please click here for full press release HERE

Transportation Commission Resolution 3/18/2021


Little Blue Canyon Project

Estimated weekly traffic impacts through November 2022

​Work Hours: Monday-Fridays 8 AM-5:30 PM

Nightwork: Monday-Thursday 7:30 PM-6:30 AM

​Monday-Friday OPEN for single-lane, alternating traffic operations in the morning, midday, and evening during the following times:

  • 6:30 – 8:30 AM (Mondays open to two-way traffic)
  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM
  • 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Full roadway closures all other times:

  • 8:30 AM-12:30 PM 
  • 1:30-5:30 PM 
  • 7:30 PM-6:30 AM 

Fully OPEN on the weekends to two-way traffic (5:30 PM Friday to 8:30 AM Monday)   

Motorists should plan in advance, and expect long wait times during the queue for the Monday-Friday single-lane openings, alternating traffic operations in the morning, midday, and evening. And full roadway closures reduced speed limits and narrowed roads. Significant delays are anticipated.

Traffic schedule and timeline are subject to change.

Below is a link to a chart with Times and Closures:,h_771,fp_0.50_0.50,q_85/669e06_06a5301783d748c6bbdf2d8fe1b688df~mv2.webp


Meeting Schedule

Board of County Commissioner Meetings

Wednesday, March 3, 2021  8:00am - Agenda

Friday, March 6, 2021 11:30am - Agenda

Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, March 17, 2021  8:00am - Agenda

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Special Meeting Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Agenda

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Thursday, May 27, 2021 5:30pm - SE Public Hearing Agenda

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Friday, June 11, 2021 8:45am - Agenda

Special Meeting Fire Restrictions Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - Agenda

South End Meeting -Wednesday, June 23, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Special Meeting, Monday, June 28, 2021 9:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Special Meeting Wednesday, September 29, 2021 5:00pm - Agenda

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Special Budget Workshop Wednesday, November 10, 2021 10:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 8:00am - Agenda

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 8:00am - Agenda


Board & Committee Meetings

Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, December 17, 2020 3pm - Agenda

Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:00 pm - Agenda

Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00pm - Agenda

Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:00pm - Agenda

Planning Commission - Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:00pm - Agenda

Planning Commission - Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:00pm - Agenda