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 (for a specific office please see the Departments tabs above)

Chaffee County District or County Court

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

Monthly Meeting Schedule for County Commissioners

The Commissioners meet the first 2 Tuesdays of the month in Salida at the Administrative Building, 104 Crestone Ave., in the Commissioners Meeting Room and on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in Buena Vista at the School District Offices, 113 N. Court.  Meetings start at 9:00 a.m.  This schedule may change from time to time and will be posted. 

Monthly meetings the Commissioners may attend:
2nd Monday 6:00 p.m. Republican Central Committee (Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov at Mt. Shavano Manor, 525 W 16th St. and Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec aat Sangre De Cristo, 29780 Hwy 24, Buena Vista)
2nd Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Salida Chamber Business After Hours TBA
2nd Thursday 1:00 p.m. Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District , 339 E Hwy 50, Salida
2nd Thursday 5:00 p.m. Buena Vista Chamber Business After Hours TBA

BLM Browns Canyon National Monument

Ruby Mtn. Parking Area Upgrades - Temporary Closure

BLM will be temporarily closing the BLM parking lot at Ruby Mountain to improve the parking area and fix some drainage issues that became apparent during the fall 2015 flash flood.  The closure will be from April 1 - 30, 2017.

News Release   Site Plan   Parking Details

Cottonwood Pass Open/Closure


The roads will remain open for an undetermined amount of time but Chaffee County Road & Bridge will not be checking, plowing or maintaining.  Please note that travel is at your own risk.

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. 

Medical and Recreational Marijuana

Resolution 2016-63 - Amending & Restating Resolutions 2011-19, 2014-44 , 2015-62 and 2016-16 Regarding Temporary Moratorium for New Permits or Licenses Related to Medical Marijuana Cultivation Premises & Infused Products Manufacturing in Unincorporated Chaffee County (Applications & Licenses with Respect to Certain Existing Marijuana Establishments are Excepted)
Ordinance 2016-01 - For the Purpose of Extending the Temporary Ban on Certain Retail Marijuana Establishments in Unincorporated Portions of Chaffee County, Including Industrial Zones, subject to Certain Exceptions.
Resolution 2012-28 - Adopting Medical Marijuana Business Licensing Regulations.

Resolution 2017-10 Regarding Federal Public Lands

On February 14, 2017 the County Commissioners adopted Resolution 2017-10 - Recognizing the Value of Federal Public Lands to Chaffee County's Economy, Recreation, Heritage and Quality of Life and Supporting Continued Federal Ownership of Federal Public Lands"

OHV Use on County Roads

On August 7, 2012 the Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2012-02"An Ordinance Modifying the Operations of Off-Highway Vehicles on Certain County Roads and Providing Penalties for Violation of Such Ordinance".
Ordinance No. 2005-01 Ordinance No. 2006-01

Chaffee County Housing Needs Assessment & Strategy

The Housing Needs Assessment was prepared by Economic & Planning Systems (EPS) for and under contract with Chaffee County and in partnership with the City of Salida and the Towns of Buena Vista and Poncha Springs. 

Chaffee County Community Health Assessment & Improvement Plan 2017-2023

The Community Health Assessment & Improvement Plan 2017-2023 provides a summary of the health & wellness of our County and a community-wide action plan to address several top health concerns derived from the comprehensive assessment.




2017 Holiday Schedule

2017 Commissioner Meetings Dates

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 Meeting

MAR 22 9AM
Airport Advisory Board Meeting
Harriet Alexander Field

MAR 22 9-11AM
Dept. of Human Services/Board of Commissioners Work Session
Antero Room, Touber Building, 448 E1st St., Salida

MAR 25 3PM
Meeting with Senator Donavan
Buena Vista Library

MAR 28 3PM
Visitors Bureau Meeting

MAR 28 4:30PM
Planning Commission Work Session and Meeting

APR 3 10AM
FLAP Meeting
Commissioners Meeting Room

Commissioners Regular Meeting

APR 6 6:30PM
Fair Planning Committee & Fair Board Meeting

APR 10 9AM
Landfill Committee, Board of Health, Board of Human Services meetings followed by Work Session

APR 11 9AM
Commissioners Regular Meeting

APR 17 1PM
CDOT Region 5 County Meeting
CDOT Poncha Springs Facility, 10350 CR 120

APR 18 9AM
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Buena Vista

APR 18 5:30PM
Board of Adjustment
Commissioners Meeting Room, Salida

APR 25 3PM
Visitors Bureau Meeting
Buena Vista

APR 25 4:30PM
Planning Commission Work Session and Regular Meeting

APR 26 9AM
Airport Advisory Board Meeting
Harriett Alexander Field






















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