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

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

Chaffee County Calendar of Events

Chaffee County Hazard Mitigation Plan
Public Involvement/Participation

A partnership of the county government and other stakeholders in Chaffee County are working together to create a Chaffee County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Community input and involvement is instrumental in the development of a mitigation plan that truly reflects the perceptions and needs of Chaffee County residents.

We have developed a community survey and would like as much input from Chaffee County residents, businesses, and interested citizens as possible.  Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey so that your ideas may become a part of the plan to make Chaffee County a safer and more resilient county!

                                    Community Survey Link:


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact: Madison Ericson at
madison.ericson@tetratech.com or 303.312.8803.

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. 



2015 Holiday Schedule

2015 Commissioners Meeting 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 Meetings Commissioners May Attend:

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

2nd Monday: 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

Commissioners Regular Meeting

Salida Business After Hours

SEP 14 9AM
Regular Meeting of Land Fill and Board of Health followed by Work Session

SEP 15 9AM
Commissioners Regular Meeting
Buena Vista

SEP 17 5PM
Buena Vista Chamber Business After Hours

SEP 22 3PM
Visitors Bureau Meeting

SEP 29 6PM
Planning Commission Meeting

OCT 1 6:30PM
Fair Planning & Fair Board Meeting

Commissioners Regular Meeting
Commissioners Meeting Room

OCT 12 9AM
Regular Meeting of Board of Landfill and Board of Health followed by Work Session
Commissioners Meeting Room






















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