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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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.
Tara Hardy, MS, Public Health Director
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
OHV Three Year Pilot Program
2021 Colorado Transportation Commission approved the OHV Pilot Program
New OHV Pilot Program Approved for Three Years
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
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Hinsdale County Commissioner
PO Box 277
Lake City, CO 81235
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:
Board of County Commissioner Meetings
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 9:00 am - Agenda
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Special Meeting Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:15am - Agenda
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 8:00am - Agenda
Friday, February 5, 2021 9:00am - Agenda
Joint Meeting Wednesday, February 17, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Friday, March 6, 2021 11:30am - Agenda
Thursday, March 11, 2021 11:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Special Meeting Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - Agenda
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:00am - Agenda
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 8:00am
Board & Committee Meetings
Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, December 17, 2020 3pm - Agenda
Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, January 21, 2021 3:00 pm - Agenda
Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00pm - Agenda
Planning Commission Meeting - Thursday, March 18, 2021 3:00pm - Agenda
Planning Commission - Thursday, April 15, 2021 3:00pm - Agenda
Planning Commission - Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:00pm - Agenda