Photos: Colorado River headwaters flight, October 2019

This photo gallery features images shot during a Lighthawk flight to the Colorado River headwaters and surrounding areas.

The flight began at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, proceeded north to near Fort Collins, then to Lake Granby and the Colorado River headwaters region. The loop route returned via Rollins Pass, the Continental Divide, Gross Reservoir and Boulder.

DateOctober 24, 2019
LocationsBoulder, Cache La Poudre, Medicine Bow Mountains, Cameron Pass, Lake Granby, Rollins Pass, Gross Reservoir
PhotographerMitch Tobin
OrganizationThe Water Desk at the University of Colorado Boulder
RightsFree to reuse under Creative Commons license, with credit to “Mitch Tobin/WaterDesk.org, with aerial support provided by Lighthawk”

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Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins

Chambers Lake in the Roosevelt National Forest

Lake Granby and the Front Range Mountains

Gross Reservoir, southwest of Boulder

Map of the flight route

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