Chaffee County Heritage

Maintaining Chaffee’s County Heritage

Heritage is the essence of the past.

It’s revisiting the stories of the land and the people who once stood where we stand. It’s what defines Chaffee County as a humbling and breathtaking place to live and visit.

In the spirit of our heritage, we acknowledge that Chaffee County is the ancestral homelands of Apache, Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples.

Collegiate Peaks Scenic & Historic Byway

Discover the heart of Colorado along the Collegiate Peaks Scenic and Historic Byway, where prairies sweep up from the Arkansas River’s famous whitewater canyons to dramatic 14,000-foot peaks.

Learn more about the history of this 57-mile-long byway and order an official detailed printed map and brochure.

Chaffee County Historic Registries

Chaffee County is unique in Colorado, encompassing rural landscapes, scenic views, public natural areas, and historic places. Explore the 47 historic registries in Chaffee County and learn more about our county’s rich heritage.

Help Support Chaffee County’s Heritage

How can you help preserve the past in the future? Attend a monthly meeting, join the board, or contact us to learn more about how you can help.

Honoring Those Who Came Before

Land acknowledgment is a simple, powerful way of showing respect for Indigenous people and a step toward correcting the stories and practices that erase Indigenous people’s history and culture. Discover what Indigenous land you’re on.