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Archuleta County

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    Archuleta County, created in 1885, lies amidst the rugged San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado.
    Archuleta County
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    Archuleta County covers 1,356 square miles of the San Juan Mountains in southwestern Colorado. The county seat and the only incorporated municipality in the county is Pagosa Springs. Population: 12,194 (2013) Area: 3,512 km² Founded: 1885
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    The namesake twin spires above the Chimney Rock Great House are distinctive landmarks.
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    Aerial view showing the layout of the Chimney Rock Great House at Chimney Rock National Monument.
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Archuleta County, “History of Archuleta County,” n.d.

“Archuleta County,” Colorado County Histories Notebook (Denver: History Colorado, 1989–99).

Allen Best, “Geothermal in Pagosa Springs,” Mountain Town News, August 7, 2014.

Chimney Rock National Monument, “In Depth Info (Prehistory),” 2010.

City of Pagosa Springs, “Geothermal Department,” n.d.

Department of Numbers, “Colorado Household Income,” n.d.

Donna K. Graves, “Archuleta County Housing Report 2016” (January 2016).

Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, “2013 Performance Report: Archuleta County, Colorado” (2013).

Fort Lewis College, “The Old Fort,” n.d.

Bill Hudson, “Drilling for Electricity, Parts I–V,” Pagosa Daily Post, November 13–19, 2014.

Bill Hudson, “Editorial: Geothermal Holes,” Pagosa Daily Post, January 22, 2016.

Lloyd Levy Consulting, Donna Graves, et al., “Southwest Colorado Economic Drivers,” October 2010.

Paul M. O’Rourke, Frontier in Transition: A History of Southwestern Colorado (Denver: Colorado State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 1992)., “The Great Pagosa Hot Springs,” n.d.

The Springs Resort & Spa, “History of the Great Springs,” n.d.

US Census Bureau, “QuickFacts—Archuleta County, Colorado,” 2015.

Additional Information: 

Helen Sloan Daniels, The Ute Indians of Southwestern Colorado (Lake City, CO: Western Reflections Publishing, 2008).

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000).