Lake San Cristobal Overlook
Round Top Mountain
Lake San Cristobal



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.


Hinsdale County Courthouse

COVID-19 / Coronavirus


Silver Thread Public Health District is changing the way we report our COVID-19 testing numbers. With access now to both antigen ‘rapid’ testing and PCR saliva testing, which is sent to a lab with results returned in days, our ability to report pending cases and negative test results is not practical or useful. We will continue to maintain a running record of positive test results in both our counties and will also report the number of active COVID-19 cases in our communities. We will continue to report on current COVID-19 concerns on our Facebook page and will have the front page of our new website available soon. Search for Silver Thread Public Health District on Facebook for updates and information.

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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

  • Silver Thread Public Health District Facebook page

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GOCO $1.30 mil Grant Award!

Lake City, Colorado, November 20, 2020 –

Great Outdoors Colorado Awards $1.3 million for purchase of Lake San Cristobal Peninsula and Island

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has awarded the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) $1,305,000 as part of the Resilient Communities Program to be used for the purchase of the peninsula at Lake San Cristobal.

Funds from the GOCO grant will allow the purchase and protection of the 10.3-acre peninsula property, which will become public open space for residents and visitors to Lake San Cristobal. Hinsdale County will enter into a partnership with TPL for management of the land and eventual transfer of the property to the county. The property will offer recreationalists views of the lake and nearby headwaters and will serve as a key access point for year-round activities.

Due to surrounding private lands and the area’s steep topography, the peninsula shoreline has remained largely inaccessible. By placing the property into public ownership, Hinsdale County hopes to alleviate the bottlenecking and congestion that currently occurs on the peninsula and provide access to additional County-owned land. This effort is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to protect Colorado’s second-largest natural lake. Lake San Cristobal is the very heart of Lake City and a spectacular attraction for those traveling the Alpine Loop and visiting Hinsdale County.

The GOCO grant will cover 90 percent of the $1,464,000 purchase price of the peninsula. The Friends of Lake San Cristobal is soliciting private contributions for the required $200,000 match. For more information or to contribute please visit or email at

The GOCO board has awarded $6.9 MILLION to 21 projects statewide.  To read more about GOCO and the total award visit  The Resilient Communities program helps partners advance outdoor recreation, stewardship, and land protection projects in a manner that best reflects community needs and priorities.

Please consider sharing The Friends of Lake San Cristobal Facebook update to help us raise funds for this project. 


Coat Drive

In response to public health recommendations against gatherings due to COVID, Hinsdale County will not be hosting its annual Christmas Luncheon this year. Each year the county looks forward to hosting this fun community event to bring residents together in the spirit of the Christmas season and show appreciation for county employees.

As a way to benefit our community, Hinsdale County is hosting a local Coat Drive (see flyer for details).

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.


OHV Pilot Program Comments - Letters sent to Hinsdale County

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