About NWCCOG / Our Region

The Northwest Colorado Council of Government's Region is located in the northwest portion of the State of Colorado, and is comprised of the counties of Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Pitkin and Summit.  It is bordered in the East by the Continental Divide, in the north by the State of Wyoming, to the west by Garfield County, and to the South by the Elk Mountain Range in Pitkin County. The region is described by its rural character and tourism ‐oriented economy. A main section of the region has I‐70, the State's main east‐west transportation corridor, running through it. This enhances the proximity of the region to Denver/Front Range metropolitan communities. This proximity to a large metropolitan area has contributed greatly to the region's popularity as a mountain recreational area. The region’s economy has transformed over time from a combination of mining and agriculture in its early history (1800’s) to recreational tourism today. The quality of life, the mix of local businesses, a skilled work force, a beautiful natural setting, and the international name recognition provided by world‐class ski resorts are invaluable underpinnings unique to the region’s economy.



Land Area:

Eagle County 1,701 sq. miles 25% of region
Grand County 1,869 sq. miles 28% of region
Jackson County 1,620 sq. miles 24% of region
Pitkin County 970 sq. miles 14% of region
Summit County 619 sq. miles 9% of region
Total Land Area 6,779 sq. miles  
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