Conejos County is one of the 64 counties of the state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,256. The county seat is the unincorporated community of Conejos.
Conejos County is named from the Spanish word for rabbits, as cottontail rabbits are abundant in the area.
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Conejos County was one of the original 17 counties created by the General Assembly of the Territory of Colorado on
1861-11-01, although it was originally named Guadalupe County and renamed Conejos County a week later, on November 7.
Its name coming from the spanish term conejo, meaning rabbit, for the large abundence of rabbits in the area. Also 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 broken away to form parts of Hinsdale, La Plata and Rio Grande counties, and Conejos County achieved its modern borders in 1885 when its western half was taken to create Archuleta County.
According to the US 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
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