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Your Guide to Rural Living

Welcome to Rural Living!

Routt County is beautiful, but rural living is nothing like living in the city or suburbs and cannot be treated the same. County governments are not able to provide the same level of service as that of the city. Those who move away from the hassles of the city must understand they will no longer have some conveniences of living in urban and suburban areas. The transition is one of education and discovery.

Routt County is a delicate balance of terrain that supports three main industries: ranching, mining, and recreation. The county currently faces real-life problems of growth and development. The spectacular beauty of the area attracts many permanent and part-time residents. The year-round population of Routt County is approximately 25,000. However, during ski season and on summer weekends the population increases dramatically.

Here are some resources to help you adapt to our area: