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Hartsel, Colorado
U.S. Highway 24 in Hartsel.
U.S. Highway 24 in Hartsel.
Hartsel, Colorado is located in Colorado
Hartsel, Colorado
Hartsel, Colorado
Location in Colorado
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Park County
Founded 1880
 • Type unincorporated town
 • Total 0.192 sq mi (0.498 km2)
 • Land 0.188 sq mi (0.486 km2)
 • Water 0.005 sq mi (0.012 km2)
8,904 ft (2,714 m)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 719
GNIS feature Hartsel CDP

Hartsel is an unincorporated town, a post office, and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Park County, Colorado, United States. The Hartsel post office has the ZIP Code 80449. At the United States Census 2010, the population of the 80449 ZIP Code Tabulation Area was 909 including adjacent areas. The CDP is a part of the Denver–Aurora–Lakewood, CO Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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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