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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.

Routt County, Colorado

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Routt County is one of the 64 counties in the state of Colorado. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,509. The county seat is Steamboat Springs. Routt County was created on January 29, 1877 from Grand County. The county is named in honor of John Long Routt, the first Governor of the State of Colorado.

Routt County comprises the Steamboat Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Routt County Name

Routt County is named in honor of John Long Routt, the first Governor of the State of Colorado.


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Routt County History

Routt County was created out of the western portion of Grand County on January 29, 1877. The county was named in honor of John Long Routt, the last territorial and first state governor of Colorado. The western portion of Routt County was split off to form Moffat County on February 27, 1911.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,368 square miles (6,133 km2), of which, 2,362 square miles (6,116 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (17 km2) of it (0.27%) is water.

 Routt county is located in northwest Colorado. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, Fish Creek Falls National Recreation Trail, Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway, Great Parks Bicycle Route and Swamp Park National Recreation Trail are located in Routt county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Carbon County, Wyo.
  • Northeast: Jackson County
  • Southeast: Grand County; Eagle County
  • Southwest: Garfield County; Rio Blanco County
  • West: Moffat County


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