Hinsdale County, Colorado, is the most remote area in the United States' lower 48. Our beautiful county is covered by mountains, including multiple 14 and 13,000 ft. peaks, and contains one of the most roadless areas in the country. The continental divide crosses the county twice, and Hinsdale County is home to three national forests (Rio Grande; Grand Mesa, Gunnison and Uncompahgre; and San Juan) and Bureau of Land Management lands.  With a total area of 1,123 square miles, our county is made up of almost 96.5 percent public land.

The county is home to 774 residents. The only town in Hinsdale County is Lake City. With a population of 374 (at an elevation of 8,671 feet), Lake City is also the county seat.

Whether you are a resident, part time resident or visitor, and whether you come to Hinsdale County to live, work or visit, it is our job to make your experience more enjoyable. Our website is designed to provide information about County government and the community in which we live.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

August 14, 2020

Hinsdale County - COVID-19 cases: 6 positive (3 resident, 3 non-resident), 0 active, 41 negative (30 resident, 11 non-resident), 1 pending (0 resident, 1 non-resident)

Mineral County - COVID-19 cases: 21 positive (17 resident, 4 non-resident), 0 active (0 resident, 0 non-resident), 220 negative, 0 pending (0 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.

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Fire Restrictions Lifted - 7/29/20

In a special meeting on Wednesday, July 29, Hinsdale Board of County Commissioners approved lifting Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in the unincorporated areas of the county, based on recommendations from Sheriff Chris Kambish and Emergency Manager Phil Graham. Stage 1 Fire Restrictions were put in place on June 17 due to lack of moisture and fire dangers across Colorado, resulting in a potential lack of fire-fighting resources.

The decision to lift fire restrictions in Hinsdale County follows similar actions by US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Restrictions have been lifted on all lands in Hinsdale County managed by Rio Grande, San Juan and Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests have all lifted fire restrictions, as well as BLM lands.

Two weeks of increased moisture and lower temperatures have led to decreased fires across the state. Only two wildfires are currently burning in Colorado, allowing for availability of fire-fighting resources.

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Welcome Deputy Pantleo

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Deputy Pantleo

Welcome to Hinsdale County Sheriff Office's new deputy, Brennan Pantleo. Brennan comes from Rye, Colorado, and started at Hinsdale County onJuly 10. He graduated from the Police Academy in Pueblo, Colorado, on June 9.


Census employees are distributing packets in Lake City and Hinsdale County starting this week. Most of the country gets their packets in the mail but PO Boxes do not count as an address.The packets are in white plastic "2020Census" bags.

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.

Meeting Schedule

Board of County Commissioner Meetings

July 29 - Special Meeting 8:30 a.m. - AGENDA

August 5 -

August 19 - Joint Meeting with Mineral County at Freeman's Store

Board & Committee Meetings

Marketing Committee - August 6, 2020, 9 a.m. - AGENDA

Planning Commission -

Lodging Tax Board -