La Plata County is a dynamic and diverse community located in spectacular southwest Colorado. It was founded in 1874, two years before statehood, and encompasses approximately 1,666 square miles. Our economy is robust with a lively mix of tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, gas production, government, retail, education and professional services. La Plata County is also a recreational paradise where opportunities for hiking, backpacking, skiing, sightseeing, mountain biking, rafting, hunting, fishing, horseback riding and other outdoor activities abound.
La Plata County is a multicultural community that includes Native Americans, Latino and Anglo peoples, among others. The Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe are our sovereign neighbors. La Plata County boasts festivals and events of all these cultures, which are warmly embraced and enthusiastically enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. Folks who live here do so because they value quality of life, appreciate natural beauty, enjoy a variety of recreational pursuits and share a genuine sense of community.
As a local government, it is the mission of La Plata County to foster a safe, healthy, viable and self-sustaining community through wise stewardship of public and natural resources, efficient and effective delivery of mandated and discretionary services, local and regional collaboration, open transparent government and active citizen engagement.
It is our vision that:
For more information, visit co.laplata.co.us.