Park County

Unlike many surrounding counties, most of Park County remains like it was back when it was first settled during the Gold Rush days of the 1800s. Considered the geographic center of Colorado, there remains wide open ranch land, amazing mountain views, historic buildings, and a western town feel to attract those that seek a rugged lifestyle.

Federal lands comprise 51% of Park County’s landmass. An average elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level, towns in Park are: Alma, Bailey, Como, Fairplay, Grant, Guffey, Harstel, Jefferson, Lake George, Pine Junction, and Shawnee.


  • Park offers a great number of scenic drives and spectacular views, like Weston, Boreas, Guanella, Mosquito, Hoosier, Kenosha and Wilkerson passes.
  • The County hosts five mountains that rise above 14,000 feet: Sherman (14,007), Bross (14,172 feet), Lincoln (14,286 feet), Democrat (14,148 feet), and Cameron (14,238 feet) as well as 25 named summits above 13,000 feet.
  • The County contains the highest gold and silver mines in North America.
  • In 2009, South Park and the area around Fairplay were designated a National Heritage Area by the U.S. Congress for its distinctive landscapes, historic structures, recreational resources.

Housing Metrics for Park County

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More County Statistics

Housing Units (2015) 14,239
Owner-occupied housing rate (2010-2014) 87.4%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units (2010-2014) $244,300
Median monthly gross rent (2010-2014) $1,087
Population density (2010) 7.4 people/square mile avg
Land area 2,193.85 square miles


There are two school districts in Park County: Platte Canyon RE 1 and South Park RE 1 for a total of 8 public schools educating close to 1,900 students.


Park County Full-time Residents

Rural Bailey compromises 63% of Park County’s residents. It attracts people who want to live in a rural area and work in the Denver Metro area. While those that live in the Fairplay/Alma area often commute to Summit County.




Based on 2015 data

Median Age 47.5 years
Median household income (2010-2014) $61,570
Percentage of Population Working Outside the County 67%


Climate, like altitude, varies greatly across the 2,193.85 square miles that make up Park County. Low humidity, varying temperatures from day to night, the potential of high winds, and 300 sunny days a year, means you must be prepared for all types of weather and changes to it when in the County.

Just check out the differences between Fairplay in the Northwestern part and Lake George the Southeast.

Fairplay Monthly Average/Record Temps

Lake George Monthly Average/Record Temps

Fairplay Average Precipitation

Lake George Average Precipitation

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Related Resources

Much of the most current information about Park County has been provided by the Park County Demographic, Economic, and Discount Background Report, prepared by RPI Consulting LLC, Durango, Colorado, updated November 12, 2015

Other information provided by resources found on the Gongloff Group Resource Page.