BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

62 Counties... and counting

... and two more two go.

I have now visited 62 of Colorado's 64 counties, now that I stayed in Burlington, the county seat of Kit Carson County, on my trip to Kansas this weekend. Only Phillips and Crowley counties remain, and both are way out of the way on the the Eastern Plains.

I've visited every county in only one other state, New Mexico, where I at least passed through all of that state's 33 counties. Now that I've lived longer in Colorado than New Mexico, my goal is to not only visit all 64 counties, but photograph all of them. I'll do that eventually.

Meanwhile, how do I count having been to a county? Technically, it means I've merely passed through it. But there are other ways counting, too.

If it means living there, I can count Mesa, Garfield, Denver and Larimer counties.

If it means spending at least one night there, I can add Montezuma, La Plata, San Miguel, Rio Blanco, Moffat, Routt, Montrose, Gunnison, Ouray, Lake, Pitkin, Summit, Grand, Boulder, Adams, Arapahoe, El Paso, Alamosa, Conejos, Fremont, Jefferson, Pueblo, Archuleta, Douglas, Kit Carson and Prowers counties.

If it means spending a lot of time there without sleeping there, which is to say I've made numerous trips there and have spent a great deal of time and at least some money in the county, I can add Las Animas, San Juan, San Miguel, Dolores, Delta, Rio Grande, Costilla, Huerfano, Rio Blanco, Eagle, Jackson, Clear Creek, Park, Chaffee, Saguache, Weld and Broomfield counties.

If it means at least one trip exploring the county or merely passing through without necessarily spending any money there, I can add Mineral, Hinsdale, Gilpin, Custer, Teller, Baca, Bent, Otero, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Elbert, Washington, Morgan, Logan, Sedgwick and Yuma counties.

What's left? Crowley County, seated in Ordway, which is west-northwest of La Junta in southeastern Colorado. And, Phillips County, seated in Holyoke, which is due south of Julesburg in extreme northeastern Colorado.