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Roaring Fork Watershed Facts

The Roaring Fork Watershed is located in central Colorado on the west side of the Continental Divide. The watershed includes the Sawatch, Collegiate, and Elk Ranges and seven 14,000 foot peaks. Snow melting in these high peaks collects and enters one of three main rivers - Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, and Crystal - and drains to the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs which is at an elevation of 5,916 feet. 

Encompassing an area of 1,451 square miles, the Roaring Fork Watershed is approximately the size of Rhode Island. As part of the larger Colorado River Basin, which supplies water to nearly 40 million people in the arid southwest, the Roaring Fork Watershed contributes about 856,000 acre feet or 279 billion gallons of water each year to the Colorado River.




Are you aware that not all water in Colorado moves downstream?



Roaring Fork Watershed Facts

Location:  West Central Colorado 
Land Area:  1,451 square miles
Land Ownership:  75% public  |  25% private
Estimated Population (2005):  40,000

Highest Point:  Castle Peak (14,265 ft.)
Lowest Point:   Colorado River (5,916 ft.)

Miles of Stream:  1,962

Annual Precipitation:  Aspen: 18.9 inches  |  Glenwood: 16.2 inches




Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy
PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621
(970) 927-1290

200 Basalt Center Circle, Suite 120, Basalt, CO 81621

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