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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. 

The 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, Hinsdale County is the least populated county in the state of Colorado and Lake City is 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 Courthouse

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

October 28, 2020

Hinsdale County - COVID-19 cases: 10 positive (5 resident, 5 non-resident), 2 active (2 resident, 0 non-resident) , 57 negative (35 resident, 22 non-resident), 0 pending (0 resident, 0 non-resident)

Mineral County - COVID-19 cases: 25 positive (21 resident, 4 non-resident), 0 active (0 resident, 0 non-resident), 242 negative, 2 pending (2 resident, 0 non-resident)

 Anyone feeling sick should call Lake City Area Medical Center at 970-944-2331 to report symptoms.

Anyone who is sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms is required to self-isolate at home.

For up-to-date information:

  • Silver Thread Public Health District website

http://www.silverthreadpublichealth.org

  • Silver Thread Public Health District Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Silver-Thread-Public-Health-District-2938172373

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Please Notice!

In light of increasing COVID cases in Colorado, Hinsdale County Administration will be stepping up public health precautions in our offices. Unnecessary in-person visits to the administration office should be limited. Masks and social distancing should be observed when in the administration office. The administration staff is always available and ready to conduct business through telephone and email.

We’re increasing our diligence as an abundance of caution for our staff and their families. Thank you for helping us keeping our employees safe and healthy!

Thanks!

 

 

 

 

Hinsdale County 4x4 Roads

High Country 4x4 Roads
Hinsdale County high country 4x4 roads will receive no further maintenance for the winter season after October 26, 2020. Snow and icy conditions may exist
now, or at any time after maintenance has ceased. Travel on the 4x4 roads this time of year is not recommended due to variable conditions and expected winter weather at high elevations. Drive at your own risk. Hinsdale County 4x4 roads include Engineer Pass (CR 20) and Cinnamon Pass (CR30).

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

Elections

Notice to Voters!

The General Election will be help Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

All Elections are Mail Ballot Elections. 

Ballots will be mailed Friday, October 9, 2020.

The County Clerk's office only mails ballots to active voters. If you are an active voter please contact the County Clerk's office at 970-944-2225 ext 2.

You must be active no later than October 26, 2020 to receive a ballot by mail for the General Election.

Logic and Accuracy Testing for the voting equipment will be held on October 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. The Public is invited.

Ballot Drop Box is available at the SE corner of the Court House.

 

 

Firewood Permits

Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gunnison Field Office announced free firewood collection is available for the Alpine Loop Backcountry Scenic Byway and San Juan counties in the avalanche slide paths.  In addition to the Alpine Loop the public may collect downed firewood along Hinsdale County roads 20, 30, 35, 24 and 22. The public may also collect downed firewood within 30 feet of San Juan County roads 2, 4, 23, 24 and 110. No permit is required for collection.

Please respect private property and if you have any questions call the Gunnison Field office 970-642-4940 and for San Juan County call 970-387-9871.

For firewood collection on Slumgullion you will have to obtain a permit from the Forest Service office located at 216 N. Colorado, Gunnison, CO 81235.  The Gunnison office is open M-F 7:30 - 4:00 and for more information please call 970-641-0471.  You may also apply for a permit by mail with an enclosed check made out to USDA Forest Service and include a note with your physical address, mailing address and drivers license number.  The minimum price is $20 for 4 cords with a max of $100.

 

Fire Restrictions

August 20, 2020 - All of Hinsdale County is now under a Stage 1 Fire Restrictions. Open fires are prohibited except in permanent fire rings in developed campgrounds or recreation areas or on private property.

Resolution 12, Series 2020 - Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Colorado Executive Order

OHV Pilot Program

The OHV Pilot Program allowing OHVs on Highway 149 ends on September 30.

The two-year special use permit from CDOT that allows OHVs to travel on Highway 149 from County road 30 to Ocean Wave Dr. is SEASONAL and will end on September 30. After September 30, OHVs will NOT be permitted to operate on Hwy 149 and may receive citations if driving on the highway.

Following the end of the program in September, Hinsdale Sheriff Office, Town of Lake City, Hinsdale County and Colorado State Patrol will make a report to Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) on how the pilot program operated the last two summers.

PARTICIPATE IN THE CENSUS ONLINE

Census employees are very close to completing the Non-Response Follow-Up operation in most areas, there are still a few folks who have not completed their questionnaires.

HINSDALE COUNTY RESIDENTS! you don't need to wait for the questionnaires! You can go online right now to https://2020census.gov/en.html and complete the questionnaire online until October 31, 2020.

 

 

 

Meeting Schedule

Board of County Commissioner Meetings

Wednesday, October 7, 2020   8 am  -  Agenda

Wednesday, October 21, 2020  8 am - Agenda

       Special Meeting Mineral County BOCC, October 21, 2020 1pm - Agenda

Special Meeting Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Agenda

Wednesday, November 4, 2020  8 am -

Wednesday, November 18, 2020  8 am -

 

 

Board & Committee Meetings

Lodging Tax Board Meeting - Friday, October 9, 2020 - Agenda

Lodging Tax Board Meeting - Friday, October 23, 2020 9am - Agenda

Lodging Tax Baord Meeting - Friday, November 20, 2020 9am -

Planning Commission - Thursday, October 22, 2020 3pm - Agenda

Calendar

 October 2020

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

BOCC Meeting 8:15am

8

9

10

Ballots Mailed

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

HOLIDAY

Columbus Day

Boat Dock Removal for the winter

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

BOCC Meeting 8:15am

Planning Commission 3pm

Lodging Tax Meeting 9:00am

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

End of Census

November 2020

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Election

BOCC Meeting 8:15am

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

HOLIDAY

Veterans Day

15

16

17

18

19

20

Lodging Tax Board Meeting

9:00 am

21

BOCC Meeting 8:15am

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

HOLIDAY

Thanksgiving

 

HOLIDAY

Thanksgiving

29

30

December 2020

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

BOCC Meeting 8:15 am

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

BOCC Meeting 8:15 am

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

HOLIDAY

Christmas Eve

25

HOLIDAY

Christmas Day

26

   

7

28

29

30

31

New Year's Eve