CONEJOS COUNTY – Should ATV’s and Side by Sides be made street legal and licensed in rural Conejos County?  COME AND GIVE YOUR OPINION.  Public Meetings will be held at:  Sanford High School cafeteria on September 14th 7:00 pm. La Jara Area on September 21st.  Location will be announced at a later date. 


Conejos County Sheriff’s Office

The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Alamosa Police Department with a report of an active shooter at the Alamosa High School.  This was later determined to be a hoax (Swatting) and there are reports of this happening across the country.

While this was ongoing Sheriff Crowther placed all Conejos County Schools on “Lockout”.  Conejos County Deputies, La Jara and Manassa Police were present at all Conejos County Schools until it was determined our students were safe.  Please see the Alamosa Police Department news release for more information. 


The last few days, Conejos County has received significant rain that is helping vegetation green up. With this in mind, Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther is lifting the fire ban effective June 20, 2022. Please remember that on a "RED FLAG" day, the ban automatically goes back into effect for that day. Under County ordinance, it is illegal to burn or have a fire on "RED FLAG" days. Please understand that the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management fire bans are still in effect. You can NOT have a fire on federal land at this time. Sheriff Crowther asks that you be very careful when burning. Do not leave fires unattended at any time. You can check for red flag conditions for the San Luis Valley on the National Weather Service website or Google "Red Flag conditions for the San Luis Valley". Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. Please keep checking the Sheriff's webpage before burning, as the ban may be put back in place immediately if conditions warrant. Remember, by Colorado State Law you must call the San Luis Valley Regional Communication Center at 719-589-5807 before starting any controlled burn. Please be careful and have that hot dog roast with your kids. It is an honor to serve as your Conejos County Sheriff.

For more information, call the Conejos County Sheriff's Office at 719-376-2196. 

Thank You Sheriff Crowther

Law Enforcement Scam Going around.

There is currently a scam going around. Phone calls are coming in to people asking if they will donate to the Police or Police Task Forces. Please do not give your money or your info to these organizations as they are not affiliated with our local emergency services departments. If you wish to donate to your local emergency services, reach out to them directly and they will guide to the proper organizations. 

Have you heard?

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.

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

Public Surplus Website
 Assessor - 719-376-5585 Clerk & Recorder 719-376-5422
Commissioners - 719-376-5654 Land Use - 719-376-2014
Treasurer - 719-376-5919 Veteran Services - 719-376-6725
Ambulance Billing - 719-376-6703 Human Resources - 719-376-6799
Road & Bridge - 719-376-6791  


Conejos County Government Offices- Click on the individual department page for more information.

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.

County Departments

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.