About Garfield County
Garfield County, named after U.S. President James A. Garfield, covers a mountainous region of Colorado, reaching to the Utah border on the west. The Colorado River passes through the county, cutting canyons through the rugged country where most of the towns are found. It enters on the county's eastern boundary, flowing westward, then bends southward, passing out of the county about midway along its southern boundary. In the northeast corner of the county lie the Flat Top Mountains, an alpine wilderness where mountains reach to 12,000 feet in elevation.
Garfield County was organized on February 10, 1883. It covers 2,956 square miles and had a population of 43,791, as of the 2000 census. Glenwood Springs is the county seat. Interstate 70 traverses the county, following the Colorado River. State highway 13 connects northward from Rifle into Rio Blanco County, and State Highway 82 goes southeast from Glenwood springs into Eagle County.
The western half of the county is very remote and nearly uninhabited. Mountain ridges, broken by many canyons, cover the area. State Highway 139 is the only main route to traverse this area, heading north to south, crossing the mountains at Douglas Pass.