Garfield County is one of the largest counties in Colorado, incorporating nearly 3,000 square miles on the western boundary of the state. Named after the 20th President of the United States, the County is situated approximately 150 miles west of Denver and 330 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT. The western portion of the county is sparsely populated, high desert plateau, while the eastern portion includes the western foothills of the Rockies and most of the the County’s 56,000 residents. The population in Garfield County has nearly doubled since 1985, and is projected to double again by 2040.
Garfield County, along with its neighboring counties, rely heavily on natural resource extraction, tourism, and ranching. About 60% of Garfield County’s lands are federally owned. The area boasts world class fishing, hunting, skiing, and the nationally recognized Glenwood Hot Springs. Increasing numbers of retirees have relocated to the area for its relatively mild climate, quality of life, recreational opportunities, and expansive open space.