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Take a short drive from Denver and in just four hours, you can be in Moffat County, where you can still experience the real Old West! Moffat County is located in the rolling hills and high plains of the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. We are in the northwest corner of Colorado, bordered by Wyoming on the north and Utah on the west. Moffat County, the second largest county in Colorado with an area of 4,743 square miles, is about the same size as the state of Connecticut. The county is rich in Western and Native American heritage, including petroglyph sites and historic homesteads. It is a very rural and sparsely populated area with less than two people per square mile, and more than 1.7 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The City of Craig, the county seat, is located on the Yampa River at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 40 and Colorado Hwy 13. Moffat County’s only large community, Craig has a population of 9,317 which is the majority of the 13,434 county residents (CO DOLA Estimates 2011). Craig is a “blue-collar” town of hard working folks with a strong work ethic and old-fashioned values. Craig is proud of our local community college, Colorado Northwestern Community College’s Craig Campus, and we are excited about the new campus that opened August 2011. The 78,000 square foot LEED certified academic building houses classrooms, science laboratories, a virtual library, the Nursing program, Adult Learning Assistance Center and a student lounge. The 14,000 square foot career technical building east of the academic building is home to the Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, and Mine Safety Training programs. The Automotive and Diesel Technology shop is north of the career technical building. CNCC - Craig Campus is a beautiful, state-of-the-art, green facility, featuring a geo exchange system to heat and cool the campus.
Moffat County is home to Dinosaur National Monument, Brown’s Park National Wildlife Refuge, the Museum of Northwest Colorado, Wyman Museum and world-class hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Our rural and remote location is one of our greatest assets, but it also presents special challenges to our nonprofit organizations and community. Our rural challenges demand that many nonprofit organizations fulfill multiple functions and that we must—and do—collaborate among our agencies to help to stretch our dollars and expand our services.

Moffat County is a wonderful and challenging place to live and do business. We appreciate your interest in our rugged, beautiful, and remote part of the state.

Economy

Moffat County’s economy is heavily influenced by traditional extractive energy industries, and the historic and current booms and busts of those industries have many impacts on our region. The recession hit Moffat County slower, and we are slower to come out of the downturn in the economy. The construction and energy industries were dramatically impacted with the recession. New legislation, local and national officials created unease in the energy industry and slow hiring. We continue to work to diversify and strengthen our econPetroglyphsomy because we want to improve the standard of living for our community. We tend to trail our neighbors and state in several important statistics. For example, our average weekly wage is $862 compared to $936 for Colorado (2012 CO LMI), and our unemployment rate tends to be ½-1% higher than our two neighboring counties and is remaining high between 7 and 8%. Our per capita income of $40,945 trails Rio Blanco and Routt Counties. Our income is substantially less than Routt County by more than $23,000/year (Yampa Valley Data Partners, Community Indicators Report, 2011 data).

Energy generation, oil and natural gas exploration and production, and coal mining comprise a significant portion of our total economy. Public sector employers are an important source of labor income in the county, with employers such as the Moffat County School District, Colorado Northwest Community College, the Bureau of Land Management, National Forest Service, City of Craig, Moffat County, The Memorial Hospital, and the USDA Rural Development representing a majority of public employers. Two additional, important elements of our economic infrastructure in Moffat County are our Moffat County General Aviation Airport and the Yampa Valley Regional Commercial Airport.Grainary

Moffat County families need income more than two times the federal poverty rate to meet their monthly expenditures. The annual “livable wage” or self-sufficiency standard for Moffat County is $19,778 for a single adult and $52,741 for a family of four (CO Center on Lae & Policy, 2011). Only our top three industries of mining, wholesale trade and manufacturing pay above that range ($45,214). The average annual wage in Moffat County was $44,483 in 2011 (YVP: CI).

Many areas of our city and county enjoy excellent cellular and internet service. However, other areas have marginal or no service. Ongoing efforts are needed to improve our telecommunications infrastructure.

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History

The Utes were the last Native American tribe inhabiting the Yampa Valley before settlers moved into the area in the 1800s. Earlier tribes left records of their existence with petroglyphs in various sites. Cattle and sheep ranchers carved out their niche, leaving a colorful Western history complete with range wars and gunfights.
The city of Craig was incorporated in 1908 when the town was just 20 years old. W.H. Tucker first came to the area in 1887, looking for a place to establish a town site. After a few years of growth, the community became the trading and social center for a large area. A fire destroyed the community hall and many buildings on Yampa Avenue (the town’s main street) in 1897. By 1904, much of Yampa Avenue was rebuilt. In 2008, Craig celebrated its centennial with a year-long celebration.
Moffat County’s history is closely tied to the expansion and use of rail transportation and the railroad. On the east side of Craig, visitors can see the historic Marcia Car, a private luxurious railroad coach built in ChicElk fightingago in 1906 for David Moffat, a Denver banker, businessman and railroad financier. Named after Moffat’s daughter, Marcia Moffat McClurg, the car is a reminder that Moffat planned a railroad from Denver to Salt Lake. Although the rail line ended in Craig, it served as a vital link for the cattle and shipping industries in Northwest Colorado and continues to be a critical economic link for the community, sending low-sulfur coal to communities throughout the country.

Health Services

Our new hospital facility, completed in the fall of 2009, is a reflection of our community’s desire to have excellent health care. Services at the hospital include: emergency department, inpatient care, diagnostic imaging, surgery, birthing services, laboratory, special care unit, cardiopulmonary and oncology. For the most critical patients, our helipad and trauma team can assist if a quick transport to a neighboring hospital is necessary. We have welcomed many new lives into our birthing center as well as helped many sick patients heal since we opened the new facility. We know that each person through our doors has touched the lives of our staff members, who strive for excellence every day.

A variety of medical and sports medicine clinics, dental and alternative healthcare offices are located in town. Rehabilitation therapy is available at local agencies and the CNCC health club, and the assisted liviRodeong center includes special programs for Alzheimer's patients. Our local Community Health Center, provided by the Visiting Nurse Association provides medical services for people of all ages, all income levels, and all insurance status on a sliding fee scale based on income. As the only federally qualified Community Health Centers in Northwest Colorado, we utilize many resources to help clients access quality affordable health care. They also provide assisted living services in Hayden at the Haven. We are also serviced by the Moffat County Clinic, the Kinder Clinic and the Memorial Hospital Clinic.

Sources of data: Colorado Labor Market Information, Colorado.gov (DOLA), Yampa Valley Data Partners Community Indicators Report, Craig Chamber of Commerce, Moffat County Tourism Association.

Nonprofit Organizations

HH 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office - Moffat County District Attorney's Office: Phone Number: 970-824-7041

AARP Inc. Craig Chapter 1418 - AARP Inc. Craig Chapter 1418: Phone Number: 970-824-5123

Adult Learning Assistance Program - CNCC - Colorado Northwestern Community College – Craig: Phone Number: 970-824-1126

Advocates Crisis Support Services - Advocates Crisis Support Services: Phone Number: 970-824-9709 

Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling: Phone Number: 970-824-2368

Boy Scouts, Western Colorado Council

Boys and Girls Club of Craig: Phone Number: 970-826-0411

Center of Craig - City of Craig: Phone Number: 970-826-2029

Child and Adult Protective Services - Moffat County Department of Social Services: Phone Number: 970-824-8282

Christmas for Kids: Phone Number: 970-824-6222

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (Craig) - Colorado Department of Human Services: Phone Number: (970) 824-9671 

Colorado Northwestern Community College - Craig - Colorado Northwestern

Community College – Craig: Phone Number: 970-824-1101

Colorado Preschool Program, Moffat County - Moffat County School District : Phone Number: 970-826-6278

COMA (Communities Overcoming Meth Abuse)

Community Budget Center, Inc - Community Budget Center, Inc: Phone Number: 970-824-7898

Community Health (Moffat County) - Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association Inc. (VNA): Phone Number: (970) 824-8233

Compassionate Friends of Northwest Colorado: Phone Number: 970-824-8233

Comunidad Integrada/Integrated Community: Phone Number: 970-824-6424

Craig and Cedar Mountain Lions Clubs

Craig Animal Shelter - Craig Police Department: Phone Number: 970-826-2360

Craig Chamber of Commerce: Phone Number: 970-824-5689

Craig Mental Health (Colorado West Mental Health): Phone Number: 970-824-6541

Craig Moffat Economic Development Partnership: Phone: 970-826-2039

Craig Rotary Club:  Contact: Cole White, NWCOVNA Phone: 970-824-8233

Craig Kiwanis Club: Contact: Bryce Jacobson, CDP 970-875-1788

Craig Sea Sharks: Phone Number 970-824-5687

Craig Youth Baseball: Phone Num ber: 970-824-2029

Craig Youth Hockey: Phone Number: 559-285-7572

Craig Youth Football 

Ducks Unlimited, Maybell: Phone: 916-852-2000

Friends of the Craig/Moffat County Library:  Phone: 970-824-5116

Girl Scouts of Chipeta Council: Phone: 800-288-0463

Grand Futures: Phone: 970-824-5715

Horizons: Phone: 970-824-2005

Human Service Volunteers: Phone: 970-824-3326

Independent Life Center: Phone: 970-826-0833

Interfaith Food Bank: Phone: 970-824-7355

Maybell Fire and Ambulance:

Moffat County 4H

Moffat County Cancer Society: Phone: 970-824-7775

Moffat County Humane Society: Phone: 970-826-2717

Moffat County Search and Rescue:

Moffat County Tourism Association

Moffat County United Way: Phone: 970-824-6222

Needy Assistance Program: Phone: 970-826-2369

Northwest Colorado Council for Children and Families: Phone: 970-824-8282 x47

Northwest Colorado Dental: Phone: 970-824-1179

Northwest Colorado Legal Services: Phone: 800-521-6968

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurses Association: Phone: 970-824-8233

Rocky Mountain CASA

The Memorial Hospital Foundation:  Phone: 970826-2424

Yampa Valley Partners