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Roaring Fork Watershed - CLICK FOR LARGER MAP

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 eight 14,000 foot peaks. Melting snow in these headwaters collects and joins one of three main rivers (Roaring Fork, Fryingpan, and Crystal) and drains to the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs 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. 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!


 
 

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 Watershed
 Definition

A watershed is an area of land where all the water flows to one place.

 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



Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

 

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