Welcome to the Chaffee County
Government Website

Our website has been designed to provide information to the public for the various government services provided in Chaffee County.  We recognize that the site must be continually reviewed for additional enhancements to make your visit as productive as possible.  If you are needing additional information that the site cannot provide, please send an e-mail or call us at your earliest convenience.

Chaffee County General Contact Info

Chaffee County District or County Court

 The Chaffee County 2012 Annual Financial Report is now available on the Finance and HR Page.

To view past agendas and minutes of the Board of Commissiners meeting please visit the County Clerk's Page

For a list of Special Events being held in Chaffee County (ie bike races, running races, etc.) please click on the following link Calendar of Special Event 2013

Chaffee County Boards

Chaffee County is looking for individuals interested in serving on the following boards:

Airport Board
Board of Adjustment
Board of Review
Fair Board
Heritage Area Advisory Board
Planning Commission
Right to Ranch (Agricultural Land Use Conflict Resolution Program)
Visitors Bureau

Letters of interest will be accepted until January 2, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. in the Chaffee County Administrative Office, 104 Crestone Ave., or you may e-mail to Patty Baldwin at pbaldwin@chaffeecounty.org

Cottonwood Pass Open/Closure


From November 1st until June 15th this road is not maintained beyond Denny Creek Trailhead. Motor vehicles (except snowmobiles, snow cats) are not permitted. Violators are warned that road conditions are not suitable for travel. The cost of rescue of persons or vehicles shall be borne by the violator.

In the fall gates are open so hunters can access the area. The road is plowed, if necessary, to the top of the pass prior to November 1st. If there is snowfall over the rest of the county as well, the main collectors and other county roads take precedence; therefore County Road 306 may be plowed on the 1st or 2nd day.

Three days after the close of hunting season, the gates are closed but not locked. The Road and Bridge Department will go to the top of the pass after that three days to check for vehicles and people. The gates will be locked after all is clear.

In the spring signs state that June 15th is the day the pass will open. However, the Road and Bridge Department will try and have Cottonwood Pass open before Memorial Day, depending on snowfall.

Gunnison County does not have snow removal on their side of the pass. 

OHV Use on County Roads


On August 7, 2012 the Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2012-02 - "An Ordinance Modifying the Operation of Off-Highway Vehicles on Certain County Road and Providing Penalties for Violation of Such Ordinance."

The Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2014-37 allowing the temporary operation of OHV's on CR 277 to St. Elmo during the time FS 292 is closed to such vehicles but no later than November 15 2014.


Medical and Recreational Marijuana


Resolution 2011-19 and 2011-32  - Medical Marijuana centers and cultivation.
Resolution 2012-28 - Adopting Medical Marijuana Business Licensing Regulations
Ordinance 2013-02 - Providing for a ban regarding retail Marijuana Establishments
Resolution 2014-35 - Imposing a temporary moratorium for new permits or licenses related to medical marijuana cultivation premises & infused products manufacturing.

Ordinance 2014-02 - Providing for a ban until December 31, 2015, on the submission, acceptance or processing or applications and the licensing, permitting or operation of any retail marijuana establishment as defined by the Colorado Constitution, Article XVIII, Section 16 in unincorporated portions of Chaffee County (except applications and licenses with respect to certain existing marijuana establishments), including the use of land for such purport or purposes.

Resolution 2014-44 - Amending the temporary moratorium for new permits or licenses related to medical marijuana cultivation premises and infused products manufacturing in unincorporated Chaffee County (applications and licenses with respect to certain existing marijuana establishments are excepted).


Chaffee County CEDS Plan

The most recent completed Chaffee County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy draft plan is now available on our County Administration page.  The CEDS is intended to lead to the formulation and implementation of a program that creates higher skill, higher wage jobs, raise income levels, diversify the economy and improve the quality of life, while protecting the environment. 



2014 Holiday Schedule

2015 Holiday Schedule

2014 Commissioners Meeting Schedule

Agendas for County Board meetings may be posted  or amended up to 24 hours before a meeting.  The official posting site for County Board meeting agenda's is at the County Administrative Building, 104 Crestone Ave., Salida.  Agendas are also available below.

Monthly Meetings Commissioners May Attend:

2nd Thursday: 1PM Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District Meeting, 339 E Hwy 50

2nd Tuesday: 6PM Republican Central Committee (Jan, Mar, May, Jul,  Sep, Nov at Mt. Shavano Manor, 525 W 16th Salida and Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec at Sangre De Cristo Offices, 29780 Hwy 24, Buena Vista)

DEC 15 5PM-9PM
Sheriff Dept. Awards Dinner
Buena Vista Community Center, 714 E Main St.

DEC 16 9AM
Commissioners Regular Meeting Amended
Buena Vista

DEC 16 12PM
Visitors Bureau Work Session

DEC 16 1PM
Visitors Bureau Regular Meeting

DEC 17 5:30PM
Board of Adjustment

DEC 18, 2:30PM
Planning Commission Work Session
Meet at Courthouse

DEC 18 5PM
Buena Vista Chamber Business After Hours

DEC 24 & 25

DEC 30 6PM
Planning Commission Meeting

Dec 31 & & Jan 1






















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