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


  • Silver Thread Public Health District Facebook page


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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!







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.




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).








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


Hinsdale Wildfire Preparedness Meeting

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 4:30-5:30 pm

Register At: www.COwildfire.org/events/