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Photos and videos: Blue Mesa Reservoir, December 2020

This page features ground-based photos of Blue Mesa Reservoir, along the Gunnison River in Curecanti National Recreation Area. DateDecember 24-25, 2020LocationBlue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado (map)PhotographerMitch Tobin OrganizationThe Water Desk...

Photos and videos: Navajo Lake and San Juan River, April 2021

This page features drone-captured videos and images of Navajo Lake, a reservoir that impounds the San Juan River in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Completed in 1962, Navajo...

Photos and videos: Hanging Flume and Dolores River

This page features photos and drone videos of the Hanging Flume above the Dolores River in southwest Colorado. Built from around 1888 to 1891 (sources vary), the flume transported...

Photos: Green River, Yampa River, Echo Park and Dinosaur National Monument, September 2020

This page features ground-based photos of the Green River, Yampa River and Echo Park in Dinosaur National Monument. Echo Park, which lies at the confluence of the Green and...

Photos and videos: Paonia Reservoir, December 2020

This page features drone-captured photos and videos of Paonia Reservoir on Colorado's Western Slope. Located 16 miles northeast of Paonia, the reservoir lies along Muddy Creek, upstream from...

Photos and videos: Ruedi Reservoir, December 2020

This page features drone-captured photos and videos of Ruedi Reservoir on Colorado's Western Slope. Part of the federal Fryingpan-Arkansas project, the reservoir has a capacity of 102,000 acre-feet and...

Aerial video: Colorado River and Green River in Utah, October 2020

This page features video footage shot with a mounted GoPro camera during a Lighthawk flight above the Green River, Colorado River and their confluence in Utah's Canyonlands National Park. The...

Photos and videos: Green River, October 2020

This page features drone footage and ground-based photos of the Green River, near Moab, Utah, and north of Canyonlands National Park. The Green, which begins in Wyoming's Wind River...

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Use this interactive map to browse our expanding collection of free-to-use photos and videos captured by drones, planes and ground-based photographers.

Aerial imagery: Colorado River and Lake Powell, October 2020

This page features images and footage shot with a GoPro camera during a Lighthawk flight above the Colorado River and Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona. The flight included views...