Most Garfield County facilities closed to the public

County courthouse, landfill and airport remain open on a restricted basis

March 17, 2020

Effective immediately, Garfield County’s facilities are closed to the general public until April 8, pending further evaluation. The measure is to help suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The exceptions are the Garfield County courthouse, landfill and the Rifle Garfield County Airport, all of which remain open on a restricted basis. The county’s top priority is to ensure the continuity of essential public services, by protecting employees’ health and safety, so they can continue to serve the public.

Despite the public closure to its buildings, the county remains open for business.
This closure was enacted by both the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners and Public Health Department. On April 8, the county is re-evaluating these measures.

Customers are encouraged to conduct business over the phone, or to visit the county website to seek available services. Each office or department in the county has a different office number, located online in the footer of any Garfield County website page, and a full list is available at

Specific offices may have differing methods to conduct business, which is detailed at the top of the website pages for each office, department or division, at

Garfield County staff is employing social distancing practices to further maintain health and safety, and thanks the community for understanding and vigilance at this time.

The Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is closed to the public, though motor vehicle renewals can be completed online, by mail or over the phone. Marriage licenses can be scheduled by appointment only. Recorded documents should be sent electronically or can be delivered to the office in preset appointments.

“Call us, and we will figure out how to help you,” said Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico. The numbers to call for assistance are 970-384-3700 in Glenwood Springs, or 970-625-0882 in Rifle.

The Assessor’s Office will take phone calls, emails and questions submitted to the website to assist the public. Appraisers will still conduct normal work, and administrative staff will split responsibilities to meet the community’s needs. Assessor Jim Yellico urges people to reach out to them as normal, as they will have access to all records. In person meetings will be replaced with virtual meetings on several platforms. The office number is 970-945-9134.

The Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public, but the office will be operational at full capacity, as is other county offices. This office accepts calls to assist clients as well, at 970-945-6382.

The general county phone number is 970-945-1377.