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The Cities and communities of Moffat County, Colorado*


Blue Mountain
Craig (county seat)
Dinosaur
Elk Springs
Greystone
Hamilton, Hiawatha
Lay
Maybell
Powder Wash
Slater, Sunbeam

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Moffat County, Colorado

Government

The County seat of Moffat County is Craig

Moffat County Official Website
221 W. Victory Way
Craig, CO 81625-2732
Phone: 970.824.5517
Fax: 970.824.9191

Moffat County Visitor Center / Craig Chamber of Commerce
360 E. Victory Way
Craig, Colorado 81625
Phone: 970-824-5689
Toll-free: 1-800-864-4405

Size:

93 miles long by 52 miles wide
4,754 square miles
The county is about the same size as the state of Connecticut. It is the second largest county in Colorado
Elevation: 6,185 feet above sea level

Location:

Moffat County is in far northwestern Colorado. To the north is the state of Wyoming. To the west is the state of Utah. On the south is Rio Blanco County and to the east is Routt County.

Situated on U.S. Hwy 40 and U.S. Hwy 13
Craig is:
238 miles from Casper, Wyoming
42 miles from Steamboat Springs, Colorado
90 miles from Rifle, Colorado
153 miles from Grand Junction, Colorado
210 miels from Denver, Colorado

Check this map page for Moffat County

Weather & Climate

Average annual precipitation: 14 inches
Summer weather: days are warm, but not hot, the nights are cool
Winter weather: days are moderate and the nights are cold. The area has low humidity
Year-round: A lot of sunshine with low humidity. There is usually a wide temperature range between day and night all year. It is typical to have around 325 days of blue skies and sunshine each year.

Population

1990 - 11,357
1998 - 11,700
1999 - 12,714
2000 - 13,184
2001 - 14,000 (approximately)

History

The Yampa Valley was first inhabited by early tribes of Native Americans who left petroglyphs in various places. The Utes were the last tribe to live here exclusively. In the 1800's, the cattle and sheep ranchers moved in beginning the days of settlement for the area. This history included all of the typical "new west" gunfights and range wars. Things did settle down eventually with the area becoming stable, though not heavily populated.

Incorporated: 1911

Geography

Moffat County is located in the rolling hills and high plains of the western slope of the Colorado Rockies about 50 miles west of the continental divide.

Attractions & Information & Links

Go West.com
Moffat County Tourism Association
360 East Victory Way
Craig, Colorado 81625
Toll-free: 800-864-4405
Phone: 970-824-5689
Email: moffat@colorado-go-west.com

Museum of Northwest Colorado
590 Yampa Avenue
Craig, Colorado 81625
970-824-6360
Fax: 970-824-7175
e-mail: musnwco@museumnwco.org
See the "Cowboy and Gunfighter Collection", local history and much more.

The Grand Olde West Days
held in Craig each Memorial Day Weekend

Other annual events include:
The Little Britches Rodeo is held each Fourth of July Weekend.
The Ride-n-Tie Rodeo is held each August in conjunction with the Moffat County Fair
Sheep Wagon Days is held each year in the early Fall

Watchable Wildlife

This part of Colorado is well-known for the best hunting and fishing in the country. Abundant big game and a remarkably high success rate make northwest Colorado the best place for Colorado trophy hunting.

Moffat County Library System
three locations in Craig, Dinosaur and Maybell

Schools

Moffat County School District
775 Yampa Avenue
Craig, Colorado 81625
Phone: 970-824-3268
Fax: 970-824-6655

Economy

Moffat County is noted for cattle and sheep ranching, as well as a wheat growing area. Energy producers are currently a large employer in the area

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