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.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

September 18, 2020

Hinsdale County - COVID-19 cases: 6 positive (3 resident, 3 non-resident), 0 active, 47 negative (32 resident, 15 non-resident), 0 pending (0 resident, 0 non-resident)

Mineral County - COVID-19 cases: 24 positive (20 resident, 4 non-resident), 0 active (0 resident, 0 non-resident), 233 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.

For up-to-date information:

  • Silver Thread Public Health District website


  • Silver Thread Public Health District Facebook page


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Electronics Recycling

Hinsdale County Transfer Station will once again be accepting electronics for disposal. The electronics will be weighed by a new scale and the charge will be $0.75 a pound.

Transfer Station #970-944-0529

The “Electronic Recycling Jobs Act,” (SB12-133) prohibits the disposal of waste electronic devices (e-waste) in Colorado as of July 1, 2013. This new law affects consumers, waste haulers, transfer stations, and landfill operators throughout the state. Effective July 1, residents can no longer place computers and many other types of electronics at the curb, or in the waste bins, for collection and disposal. Instead consumers must deliver their electronic equipment to collection facilities or collection events for recycling. Haulers are prohibited from knowingly collecting electronics. Industry, businesses, government agencies, institutions and schools are already subject to restrictions on disposal of electronic wastes, by the Universal Waste Rule [Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations 6 CCR 1007-3 Part 273.]

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.




Wupperman Campground will Close for the season Sunday September 20, 2020

Amenities will not be available at Wupperman Campground after Sunday September 20, 2020

People can camp but the bathrooms and water will not be available also campers will be required to haul off their trash.

Fires are permitted ONLY in the fire rings.