Lake San Cristobal Overlook




Welcome to Hinsdale County Colorado

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 Courthouse

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 is governed by a board of three County Commissioners. Board of County Commissioners Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month, in addition to the fifth Wednesday in months with five weeks. Meetings start at 8 a.m.  





Beginning Monday, July 8, the bridge will be open only from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and again from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. This will be alternating, single-direction traffic led by a pilot car. 

Only smaller vehicles will be allowed to use the Middle Bridge. Passenger Vehicles, Pickup Trucks, Vans (Including Sprinter Vans), Motorcycles and Emergency vehicles, ambulances and fire trucks will be allowed across the bridge. 

Vehicles NOT allowed on the bridge that must continue to use the CR 26 cutoff are: RV/Campers, Motorhomes, Trucks pulling trailers (boats, campers, side by sides), Semi trucks, and Buses.

Bicycles are not allowed to cross the Middle Bridge or to take the County Road 26 detour.  Bicycles must use Kebler pass as the detour between Gunnison and Montrose. 

A safety closure continues on Highway 50 between Montrose and Gunnison. The closure is in place between US 50 Mile Point 131 (intersection with Colorado Highway 92) and MP 138.
County Road 26 bypass (known as Lake City cutoff) will be open multiple times per day in each direction for local travel. 

Piloted release times for travel on CR 26 are below. Westbound travel is from Hwy 149 (Lake City side) across CR 26 to Hwy 50 (Montrose side). Eastbound travel is from the Montrose side (Hwy 50) to Hwy 149.
new release times

These times are for every day EXCEPT WEDNESDAYS! On Wednesdays there will be no midday releases in order to make repairs to the road. The Wednesday travel schedule is as follows:
Wednesday release dates

The CR 26 bypass is open to all vehicles that comply with State of Colorado legal maximum vehicle dimensions and weights. All vehicles allowed on state highways that are not over the legal weight or carrying hazardous materials are allowed on CR 26. This includes heavier vehicles and trailers. To maintain this as a viable, safe bypass, traffic will be managed using pilot vehicles. 

CR 26 is open to all LOCAL traffic, which includes local residents needing to run errands and get to work or doctors' appointments, people who are delivering goods and materials to local communities, recreationalists visiting local hiking trails and campgrounds, including marinas along Hwy 50, and those visiting and vacationing in the Lake City area. Vehicles traveling across the state should use the alternate state highway detours to the north (I-70) and south (Hwy 160).

CR 25, known as the Lake Fork cutoff, remains closed while repairs and upgrades are being made on the road to accommodate increased traffic. Private properties on either end, including Blue Mesa Subdivision, are still accessible. When the road is opened, travel will be managed in the same manner as CR 26. Most likely a pilot car will be used and travel will be scheduled.

Inspections on the Hwy 50 Blue Mesa Bridge are expected to be completed soon. CDOT will then finalize a repair plan for the bridge, with the goal of having at least one-lane of passage as soon as possible.

• US 50 Blue Mesa Reservoir Middle Bridge Closure Facebook page for all future updates:
• CDOT HOTLINE: 970-648-4423 If no answer leave a message and you will receive a call back
• CDOT US 50 Bridge email:

REMINDER! Lake City DIRT and Chamber of Commerce are hosting a weekly listening session for local businesses Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm.

County Road 26 is currently being used as a Hwy 50 bypass for local traffic, workers and visitors to the local communities. Larger vehicles, trucks and trailers that comply with State of Colorado legal maximum vehicle dimensions and weights are allowed. Acceptable vehicle dimensions and weights can be found at: 


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Deer Lakes Campground Closes Temporarily for Reconstruction

Deer Lakes Campground will be closed for reconstruction throughout the summer of 2024. 


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Transient Vendors!

If you are selling food or goods from a truck, trailer or temporary set up in Hinsdale County you will need a transient vendor license. Click the link below to download the application and return to Hinsdale County with a $50 fee.

Transient Vendor License

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