Kit Carson County is covered with acres and acres of farms and grazing lands. Deep-well irrigation, moisture conservation, and large, individual acreage have made Kit Carson County one of the top perennial winter-wheat producer in Colorado. It is third in producing corn for grain, corn for silage and dry beans. Other leading money crops include sunflowers, alfalfa, cattle and hogs.
Kit Carson County has attracted a number of light manufacturing operations, such as farm equipment and implement components, ready-mixed concrete, publishing and commercial printing.
Tourism plays a major role in the economy, as well. Over 200,000 visitors annually stop at The Burlington Welcome Center. Old Town and the world famous Kit Carson County Carousel are principal attractions.
Renewable energy is abundant on Colorado's Central Plains. In early 2011, 34 wind turbines were constructed northwest of Burlington generating a total of 51 megawatts of electricity. In early 2014, it was announced that a 150 megawatt wind farm will be built in Kit Carson County by NextEra Energy within the next two years. The Cedar Point wind project (a joint effort between Enbridge and Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc.) has 139 turbines capable of generating up to 252 megawatts of electrical power located in both Lincoln and Elbert Counties north and west of Limon. At the end of 2013, Limon I and II (Centennial Wind Farms) were online with one hundred twenty-five (125) 1.6mw turbines each, producing an additional 400 mw of renewable energy. NextEra was under construction at the end of 2013 for Limon III which will add more than 100 towers generating an additional 200 MW of power. When Limon III is completed, this will increase the total wind production in Lincoln County to 852 MW.