Pitkin County, located in the west central part of the State, in the Colorado River watershed, has an area of 975 square miles, about 54 miles long and 30 miles at the widest point. Its eastern boundary is the Continental Divide. The Crystal, Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers flow into Pitkin County from the north; and tributaries of the Roaring Fork, including Castle and Maroon Creeks, flow into the southern part of the County. Elevations range from 6,625 to 14,259 feet atop Castle Peak. The county seat is Aspen. County Demographics: population was 12,661 in 1990 and 13,332 in 1999; location is 39°13'N 106°55'W; land area is 970.19 square miles (620,924 acres); water area is 2.81 square miles (1,798 acres). Source: US Census Bureau.

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