Field Trip 1
Water Resources of the Scenic Rocky Mountains
Sunday, 17 September 2006
The forests and rivers of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado provide recreation and business opportunities, timber, water, and minerals, and a setting of incredible natural beauty. Millions have made the area their home, and millions more are drawn to the state each year for skiing, hiking, and other outdoor pursuits. Cities and towns up and down the Front Range are placing increasing demands on a system which was designed to support agricultural needs. Six additional states - Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California - and Mexico also have legal claims on the waters of the Colorado River.
The purpose of this field trip is to paint a picture of shifting and increasing demands on the water resources of the Rocky Mountains. We will:
- Learn about the original purpose of the water projects in Northern Colorado,
- View water engineering projects to capture, divert, and direct the flow of the CO River,
- Understand the increasing demands for water from the Front Range communities, and
- Discuss the impact on farmers and ranchers in Colorado and nearby states.
This story will be developed by water experts as we experience the spectacular scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park, which is the site of several important water storage reservoirs. Those who wish will have time to explore a hiking trail, wander along a free-flowing stream, enjoy photo opportunities, or just relax as we share a picnic lunch in the Park. As time allows, we will stop in Estes Park on our return for souvenirs and refreshments.
Who Should Attend
This trip is suitable for experts and non-experts alike.
Lunch And Soft Drinks
A picnic lunch and soft drinks will be provided. There will also be several opportunities to purchase snacks and drinks.
High Altitude Notes
We will reach a maximum elevation of 11,796' on the Trail Ridge Road at the Alpine Visitor Center. Visitors from low-elevation states are encouraged to arrive a day or two early to begin the adjustment to altitude (Longmont, CO is at ~5000'). Eating light meals (high in carbohydrates, low in fat), increasing intake of water and non-caffeinated beverages, avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills, and getting plenty of rest can ease the adjustment to altitude.
|7:00 am||Longmont, Radisson Hotel||Front entrance|
|8:30 - 9:00 am||Estes Park, via 36||Coffee and pastries|
|10:00 am - 1:30 pm||Trail Ridge Road VC, RMNP||Tour Visitor Center. Picnic, hike|
|1:30 - 2:30 pm||Estes Park||Stop for souvenir shopping|
|2:30 - 4:00 pm||Return to Longmont|