Archuleta County Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Archuleta County Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 449 San Juan Street, Pagosa Springs, 81147 CO
  • Chief:
Phone: (970) 264-8430
Fax: (970) 264-8435

Archuleta County Sheriff's Office is located at 449 San Juan Street, Pagosa Springs, 81147 CO. The Archuleta County Sheriff's Office phone number is (970) 264-8430.

Archuleta County Sheriff's Office News

To assist regional travelers -- Please be aware US 550 remains CLOSED north of Durango. Those attempting to travel north- or southbound between Ridgway and Durango, CONSIDER ALTERNATE ROUTE: - CO 62 Ridgway to Placerville - CO 145 Placerville to Dolores - CO 184 Dolores to Mancos - US 160 Mancos to Durango Authorities say the highway will likely remain closed through tomorrow (Sat 6/2).

SAN JUAN NATIONAL FOREST STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTION Durango, Colorado – Beginning June 1, 2018, Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will be in effect on all National Forest System lands within the San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness. Fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property and the area's natural resources, and are in response to the exceptional drought rating in Southwest Colorado, increased fire activity throughout the area, and continuing hot dry weather forecasts. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on the San Juan National Forest means that the following are PROHIBITED: 1) Building, maintaining, attending or using an OPEN FLAME, including fire, campfire, stove fire, charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using liquid fuel such as white gas or kerosene. This prohibition applies to the entire San Juan National Forest, including Wilderness and developed camping and picnic grounds. Except: Devices (stoves, grills or lanterns) using pressurized gas canisters (isobutene or propane) that include shut-off valves, or within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building. 2) SMOKING. Except: Within an enclosed vehicle, trailer or building. 3) WELDING or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame. 4) Operating or using any INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE (e.g. chainsaw, generator, ATV) without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting USDA Forest Service or SAE approval. 5) Operating a CHAINSAW without an approved spark arresting device, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use, or outside of the “Hoot Owl” restricted hours of 5am – 1pm. 6) Using an EXPLOSIVE. This includes but is not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary ammunition. 7) Discharging a FIREARM, air rifle, or gas gun. 8) Possessing or using a MOTOR VEHICLE OFF ESTABLISHED ROADS, motorized trails or established parking areas, except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle. Federal, state, and local officers and persons with a valid Forest Service permit or contract may be exempt from these prohibitions. San Juan National Forest thanks the public who are following the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions that were implemented in May. With the public’s help, our community can prevent unwanted human-caused fires. Wildland fire agencies across Colorado have been reinforcing prevention efforts for their respective agencies. This includes a multi-agency National Wildfire Prevention Education Team and many out-of-area firefighting resources brought in by the San Juan National Forest, which were of great help with the 358 Fire over Memorial Day weekend. Southwest Colorado is currently experiencing exceptional drought conditions, similar to conditions contributing to the 2002 Missionary Ridge Fire. “Lack of precipitation since last fall, over the 2017 winter, and through the spring has left the area in exceptional drought. Wildland fuels are critically dry even at higher elevations. The potential for destructive wildfire is on track to surpass all levels experienced in the last fifteen years,” stated Cary Newman, San Juan National Forest Fire Planner. Temporary restrictions will remain in place until further notice, and may be increased or reduced at any time due to changes in weather and fire danger. Specifics of what is prohibited or allowed under Stage 2 restrictions vary slightly depending on jurisdiction, so a call to the appropriate managing agency may prevent disappointment or a change in plans. For more Forest Service fire restriction information, please contact the San Juan National Forest at 970-247-4874, or visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/sanjuan/firerestrictions . You can also follow @SanJuanNF on Twitter. To report a fire on federal lands, please contact the Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at (970) 385-1324.

Archuleta Please spread the word that we are now in a stage ll fire ban! Thank you!

Fire restrictions in Archuleta County have risen from stage one to stage two

Sheriff Rich Valdez and members of the Archuleta County Sheriff's Department would like to extend our unwavering gratitude to all those that have served in the military so that we may continue to enjoy our civil liberties and freedom. Your service to our country is deeply appreciated - and never forgotten.

Current situation on the Park Creek Fire (Park Ck Road) West of South Fork. Archuleta County Wildland Fire Crew assisted with Mutual Aid for the initial attack period. Alamosa Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and resources are starting arrive on scene. HWY 160 is still open at present. There is currently a 2nd fire near the Vallecito Reservoir in La Plata County. Approximately 25 acres. Federal Resources are on scene and La Plata County EOC has been activated. There is also a 3rd fire to the South West which is pushing smoke into the County. The fire is currently in New Mexico and is approximately 30 acres.

Archuleta County Sheriffs office attended Pagosa Springs High School Pep-rally to pass out T-shirts for the dont Text and drive campaign

For those that saw the post about the Public Meeting in Arboles, please disregard. We need to cancel that meeting but will reschedule it and be sure to re-post for you.

Last night the Aspen Springs Metro District had a great turnout for their board meeting. Archuleta County Sheriff Rich Valdez and Emergency Manager Mike Le Roux spoke to the group on emergency preparedness. Thanks for everyone who attended!

Congratulations to Michael Sindelar who was recently promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Sindelar is also our K9 handler with his dog "Edo." Sgt. Sindelar has been with the ACSO for a number of years and has done an exceptional job for us, as well as our community. Congratulations Sergeant! You deserve it!!

The Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department was recently presented with five, knitted and crocheted dolls made from a local group of women calling themselves the “Pagosa Pals Project.” The dolls are meant to be given to children when Deputies/Officers/Case Workers and Medical Staff encounter children during the course of their work day in hopes of comforting children who might be experiencing trauma or stress as a result of their interaction with any of these agencies. This could be the cause of a traffic accident, domestic violence situations or any type of medical issue they might be experiencing. The bears are all different shapes, sizes and colors and are housed inside their own bag to help keep them clean. The teddy bears will continue to be made and available to local Public Service Agencies when their stock is depleted. Thank you to the Pagosa Pals Project for the bears and for your commitment to our community, and more importantly, our children.

Archuleta County Fire crew are currently working on a small fire in Washington Flats area. The fire was lightening caused as a result from yesterday’s storm. At this time the fire is contained.

On May 13th, Sheriff Valdez was asked to teach a self defense class to four members of the Centerpoint Church. After teaching certain techniques and holds, ACSO Deputy, James Martinez, burst into the room in the “Red Man” suit and put the students to the test. They did a great job trying to de-escalate their subject and were able to successfully escort him outside. Great job Centerpoint members!!!

Congratulations to Justin Guilliams, the newest member of our Patrol Department. Deputy Guilliams was formerly our Animal Control Deputy and had the opportunity to go to the Academy; graduating on May 12th. We’re so happy to have him with us and he’s been a great addition to the ACSO team. Congratulations Deputy Guilliams! A job well done!

Good Morning Archuleta! Please remember if you're going to have a campfire make sure its within designated campground/fire pit with protective grates; however, such fires should not be left unattended and should be fully extinguished after use. And please if you are going to enjoy sitting around a campfire please call dispatch at 970-731-2160 and let them know you plan on having a fire and you're aware of the restrictions. Thank you and be safe!

Nice work Special Olympic Law Enforcement Torch Run! This is a great community! ❤️ P.S.

Members of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office, Dispatch, CSP and other Agencies not pictured helped kick off the 2018 Special Olympics Torch Run. Another great turn out for a great cause!