[Looking east from Monarch Pass. Photo: Scott Ingram] Chaffee County, the “Heart of the Rockies,” is named for Jerome B. Chaffee, Colorado’s first United States Senator. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,809. The county seat is Salida.
National forests and wilderness recreation areas are plentiful in Chaffee County, as are trails and bicycle routes. San Isabel National Forest, just south of Salida, contains 19 of the state’s 54 fourteeners.
Visit the Chaffee County Government website.
- Fremont – southeast
- Gunnison – west
- Lake – north
- Park – northeast
- Pitkin – northwest
- Saguache – south
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