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CONEJOS COUNTY - will be selling their surplus inventory on the internet. For
great bargains visit - www.publicsurplus.com. FREE access to the public.
Only PUBLIC institutions sell their items on this site.

1: Select Region under - Browse Auctions Within Area
2:Select Agency - Scroll To Conejos County

Motor Vehicle System Upgrade

We're preparing to modernize our 35-year old computer system this summer - Please Be Patient!

Plan Ahead! Vehicle Renewal Service Will Not Be Available August 1-5, 2018

Registration renewal will not be available in-office August 1-5, but online services will remain available at mydmv.colorado.gov

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Welcome to Conejos County

Welcome to the official Conejos County website! We appreciate your interest in Conejos County, Colorado. We hope that our site is useful in providing visitors and residents with valuable information about ConejosCounty government and the community in which we live.  As you navigate around our site you will find useful information for various services and community resources and answers to frequently asked questions. We hope that this information is helpful to you.

Stage One Fire Ban

Conejos County, CO - 
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, until further notice, Conejos County Sheriff Robert Gurule has issued a County-wide Stage One Fire Ban and restrictions. Due to continued low humidity and high winds, Sheriff Gurule has imposed a ban on open fires including but not limited to burning of trash, lawns, weeds, fields, camp fires, warming fires, charcoal grill fires and the use of fireworks.

Gas grills at private residences and fireplaces within buildings are not included in this Stage One ban.
People in violation of this Ban will be issued a summons to appear in Conejos County Court. The purpose of this order is to protect public health and safety due to the current and anticipated elevated risk of wildfire.


#1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, barbecue, grill or stove fire.
EXCEPT: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites and the use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼" spark arrester type screen is permitted.

#2. Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

#3. Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 2A kept with the operatqr, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use.

#4. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extihguisher with a minimum rating of at least 2A.

#5. Using an explosive.

the following persons are exempt from specified Prohibitions of this order:
1} Persons with a permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission may be eligible for an exemption from Prohibitions #1, #3, #4, and #5.

Motor Vehicle Computer System Upgrade

We're preparing to modernize our 35-year old computer system this summer - Please Be Patient! 
Plan Ahead! Vehicle Renewal Service Will Not Be Available 
August 1-5, 2018
Registration renewal will not be available in-office August 1-5, but online services will remain available at mydmv.colorado.gov

County Information

Geography of Conejos County

Conejos County is located at the southern end of Colorado’s beautiful San Luis Valley, the world’s largest alpine valley.  The county has an area of approximately 825,741 acres or 1,290 square miles (slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island). The eastern portion of the county is characterized by the nearly level valley floor which lies at an average elevation of about 7,700 feet.  The stunning San Juan Mountains rise from the western portion of the county to a height of about 13,000 feet. Conejos County is bounded by the Rio Grande (River) to the east and the State of New Mexico to the south. Sixty-six percent of the county is owned by state or federal entities, including the mountainous areas that are part of the Rio Grande National Forest. Small towns and wide open farms and pasturelands characterize the remaining thirty four percent of the land that is privately owned.  The county has five municipalities- Manassa, La Jara, Antonito, Sanford and Romeo- Manassa being the largest with a population of just over 1,000 people.  As in all agricultural areas of the West, water is the lifeblood of the community.  In addition to the Rio Grande, the county is traversed by the Conejos, Alamosa, and San Antonio Rivers and La Jara Creek, as well as hundreds of irrigation ditches that bring water to our fields.

History of Conejos County

Conejos County was one of the original 17 counties created by the Colorado legislature on November 1, 1861.  Although it was first called Guadalupe County it was renamed Conejos, the Spanish word for “rabbits”, one week later. The original boundaries of the county included much of the southwestern corner of Colorado. In 1874, most of the western and northern portion of the county was broken 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.  Today, County government is based in the community of Conejos.

Because it is the site of some of the earliest settlements in Colorado, rural ConejosCounty contains some important historical sites. The town of Antonito is home to the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, a narrow gauge steam engine railroad constructed in 1880 which makes the daily trek from Antonito to Chama, New Mexico during the summer and fall. Just north east of the town of Sanford is Pikes Stockade, the site where Zebulon Pike raised the American flag in 1807 over what was then Spanish Territory. The stockade was reconstructed using Pike’s journal and is maintained by the Colorado Historic Society.  Conejos, the County seat, is also home to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish, the oldest parish church in Colorado.  The community of Manassa hosts Pioneer Days each July.  The event celebrates the arrival of Mormon pioneers and is one of the largest events in the San Luis Valley.  The Jack Dempsey Museum, also located in Manassa, honors the “Manassa Mauler” who held the world heavyweight boxing title from 1919 to 1926.