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Hartsel, Colorado
U.S. Highway 24 passing through Hartsel
U.S. Highway 24 passing through Hartsel
Country  United States
State  Colorado
Counties Park
Founded 1880
8,864 ft (2,702 m)
 • Total 677
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Railroad Depot - Hartsel, Colorado, 1916
Railroad Depot in Hartsel, 1916

Hartsel is an unincorporated community in Park County, Colorado, United States. Its Post Office has a ZIP Code of 80449. The ZCTA for 80449 had a population of 677 at the 2000 census.


Founded in 1880, Hartsel is close to the geographic center of the state, and is often referred to as "The Heart of Colorado". The namesake of the community is Samuel Hartsel, a local cattle rancher who came to Park County in 1860 and left in 1908. He also raised pigs and sheep and grew oats, wheat, barley, rye, and hay on fifteen thousand acres. He developed the Hartsel hot springs and built a sawmill, blacksmith shop, and a trading post to lay the groundwork for the town.


Hartsel is located at 39°01′40″N 105°47′47″W / 39.02778°N 105.79639°W / 39.02778; -105.79639 (39.021318, -105.795765).

According to the United States Census Bureau the town has a total area of 605.10 square miles (973.60 km2), 601.18 square miles (967.29 km2) is land and 3.92 square miles (6.30 km2) is covered with water. Hartsel's elevation is 2,702 meters (8,864 feet).


As of the census of 2000, the population of ZIP code 80449 was 677 with 284 households. The population density was 1.13 per square mile (1.81 per km2). The racial makeup of the ZIP code was 94.1% White, 0.9% Native American, 2.7% other races, and 2.4% from two or more races.

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