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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.


  South End/Upper Piedra House Number Sign Project Form - Click HERE   


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



Time: 10:00 AM Mountain First Friday of the Month!   

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Check out Lake City's current Air Quality!

New air sensor installed by the CDPHE




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.


HINSDALE COUNTY is looking for part time cleaner.  Will include County Courthouse, Admin office, Public Health building and Road and Bridge areas.  If you are interested or have questions, please contact Lynn at the Admin office at 970-944-2225 or email:  Applications and job description are available at the front desk at the Admin office or you may email a resume.

Hinsdale County Employment Application - click here

Hinsdale County Courthouse

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


Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

Hinsdale County is soliciting responses for Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP) to review and certify Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and conduct Phase II Environmental Site Assessments for both sites within the Hinsdale County per the county-wide assessment grant perimeters with additional duties to include reporting and community outreach. This project will be under the direction of the contracted firm selected through this RFP process. 

The County will begin accepting proposals on July 22, 2021, and proposals are due by Monday, August 23, 2021, at 5 p.m. Proposals will be opened on August 25, 2021, and the contract will be awarded on September 1, 2021. Full copies of the RFP are available by request by emailing: or by calling Hinsdale County at 970-944-2225. Proposals can be submitted by email to the address above, by mail in a sealed envelope to: Hinsdale County Administrator, PO Box 277, Lake City, CO 81235 (indicate on envelope “RFP”) or by hand deliver in sealed envelope to Hinsdale County Administration Office, 311 North Henson Street, Lake City, Colorado.

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Hinsdale County Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Lifted

July 22, 2021

Fire restrictions to be lifted

All fire restrictions in Hinsdale County will be lifted starting Thursday, July 22, 2021, at 9 a.m. In their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 21, Hinsdale County commissioners approved Resolutions 15 and 16 rescinding the previous Stage 1 fire restrictions in the northern and southern areas of the county. The lifting of fire restrictions also applies to the Town of Lake City, in accordance with Town Ordinance No. 2012-3.

Despite the lifting of fire restrictions, Hinsdale County is encouraging residents and visitors to be vigilant when using campfires or any other type of burning operations. Dry conditions may persist throughout the summer even with precipitation from monsoon storms. Information of fire prevention and safety can be found at:

Smokey The Bear


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