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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.

Saguache County, Colorado

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Saguache County is the seventh most extensive of the 64 counties of the State of Colorado of the United States. The county population was 5,917 at US Census 2000. The county seat is the Town of Saguache.  Saguache County was created on December 29, 1866 from Lake County and Costilla County. The county name comes from a Ute language word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth".

Etymology - Origin of Saguache County Name

The county name comes from a Ute language word meaning "blue earth" or "water at blue earth".


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 Saguache County History

Saguache County was created in 1866 from parts of Lake and Costilla Counties. In 1893 a small piece was split off and added to the new Mineral County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,170 square miles (8,211 km2), of which, 3,168 square miles (8,206 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km2) of it (0.06%) is water.

Saguache county is located in southwest Colorado. From the Sangre de Cristo to the San Juan Mountains, the jagged peaks and rivers of the San Luis Valley public lands around this Rocky Mountain basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Chaffee County
  • Northeast: Fremont County
  • East: Custer County
  • Southeast: Huerfano County; Alamosa County
  • South: Rio Grande County
  • Southwest: Mineral County; Hinsdale County
  • Northwest: Gunnison County


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