This page features drone-captured and ground-based photos and videos of the Rio Grande near its headwaters in southern Colorado.
The Rio Grande begins in the San Juan Mountains of south-central Colorado and travels some 1,900 miles through Colorado and New Mexico before serving as the border between Texas and Mexico.
In its upper reaches, the Rio Grande Basin is adjacent to the Colorado River Basin, which lies on the other side of the Continental Divide. Like the Colorado, the Rio Grande faces major threats and challenges in the 21st century, including drought, climate change, pollution, invasive species, and human overuse of a limited water supply.
These photos and videos were captured near the Rio Grande’s headwaters in southern Colorado, upstream from Del Norte and near the town of Creede. This scenic stretch of the river is popular with anglers and is lined by the abandoned tracks of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.
|Date||April 1, 2021|
|Location||Along the Rio Grande, upstream from Del Norte, Colorado (map)|
|Credit||Mitch Tobin/The Water Desk|
|Rights||Free to reuse under Creative Commons license.|
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