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Colorado currently has sixty-four counties. In February 1866, the first new county, Las Animas, was created. Alamosa was created in 1913, and in 2001, Broomfield was recognized as a city-county, bringing a total of 64 counties.

Conejos County, Colorado

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Conejos County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 8,256. The county seat is the unincorporated community of Conejos. Conejos County was created on November 1, 1861 one of the 17 original counties of the Territory of Colorado. The county is named after cottontail rabbits in the area. Conejos is a Spanish word for rabbits.

Etymology - Origin of Conejos County Name

Conejos County is named from the Spanish word for rabbits, as cottontail rabbits are abundant in the area.


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Conejos County History

Conejos County was one of the original 17 counties created by the General Assembly of the Territory of Colorado on November 11, 1861. The county was originally named Guadalupe County and renamed Conejos County a week later, on November 7. Its name coming from the Spanish term Conejos, meaning rabbit, for the large abundance of rabbits in the area. Early in its existence, the county seat was moved from the town of Guadalupe to Conejos. The original boundaries of the county included a large portion of southwestern Colorado.

In 1874, most of the western and northern portions of the county were taken away to form parts of Hinsdale, La Plata and Rio Grande counties. Conejos County achieved its modern borders in 1885 when its western half was taken to create Archuleta County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,291 square miles (3,343 km2), of which, 1,287 square miles (3,334 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (9 km2) of it (0.28%) is water.

Conejos County is located in southern Colorado, in the San Luis Valley. The eastern part of the county is defined by the nearly level valley floor of about 7,700 feet elevation. San Juan Mountains climb from the western portion of the county to a height of about 13,000 feet. Conejos County is surrounded by the Rio Grande (River) to the east and the State of New Mexico to the south. Wide open farms and pasturelands describe the remaining of the land that is privately owned. The Rio Grande, the Conejos, Alamosa, and San Antonio Rivers and La Jara Creek crisscross the county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Alamosa County
  • East: Costilla County
  • Southeast: Taos County, N.M.
  • Southwest: Rio Arriba County, N.M.
  • West: Archuleta County
  • Northwest: Rio Grande County


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