The rolling hills and high plains of the Western Slope are home to incredible resources which anchor the economy. ColoWyo Coal Company, Tri State Energy and Peabody Energy are major industries operating in this mining region. Tourism is also a major business locally with national forest and ski resorts nearby. The Memorial Hospital at Craig has provided quality healthcare since 1950 and is the fourth-largest employer in the area. Moffat County Schools serves K-12 students, while Colorado Northwestern Community College provides higher education to 1,800 students across two campuses.
Moffat County features a one-of-a-kind setting that includes Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, Dinosaur National Monument, Elkhead Reservoir, Green River, Irish Canyon and Echo Park. John Jarvie Ranch is a historic property built in the 1800s offering a glimpse into pioneer life. Craig, Colorado is home to one of the largest elk populations in the world with Moffat County boasting two of the largest migratory elk herds in the country. In addition, Sand Wash Basin contains one of the few remaining herds of wild mustangs.
The Ute Indians inhabited the Yampa Valley in the 1800s before settlers were lured to the area by the mild winters and lush resources. William H. Tucker founded Craig, CO, which was incorporated in 1908. When Moffat County was created from the western portion of Routt County in 1911, Craig was selected as the county seat. The area’s western heritage is still displayed prominently at The Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Living History Museum. Moffat County Balloon Festival & Colorado Cruisers Car Show, Grand Old West Days and Whittle the Wood Rendezvous are a few of the numerous signature local events.
Sunshine is abundant in Craig, CO on more than 240 days out of the year on average. Precipitation amounts include 65 inches of snow and 15 inches of rain annually.