​News and Events 

Rio Reels

6-9 pm, November 9, 2018

 McDaniel Hall 101, Adams State University

Get pumped! Our second annual film festival and auction is coming up this fall. This event will celebrate rivers and the joys they bring to our lives, and snacks, beer, and wine will be provided!

For tickets and more information, contact 719-589-2230 or info@riograndeheadwaters.org

Vision Statement



Del Norte Riverfront Project Community Night

5-8 pm, August 17, 2018

The Windsor Hotel​, Del Norte, CO


See what we're up to! Check out our current projects page. We've been busy with the 5 Ditches Project and Stream Management Plans for the mainstems of the Rio Grande, Conejos, and Saguache Creek! We are also continuing work on the Del Norte Riverfront Project and finalizing the Upper Rio Grande Watershed Assessment. 

Current Projects

Past and Current Project Sites

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project is working to improve the function of the Rio Grande in Colorado. This means the river will:
  • Provide high-quality water throughout the Rio Grande in Colorado;
  • Sustain sufficient flow for sediment transport, native riparian vegetation, aquatic and wildlife habitats - all while meeting the Rio Grande Compact obligations; 
  • Support the existing agricultural lifestyle;
  • Contribute to groundwater recharge; 
  • Enhance and sustain aesthetic and recreational values for the residents and visitors to the watershed;
  • Be connected to the floodplain, oxbows, and upland habitat.

Join us to preview the park improvement and recreation access designs, courtesy of the landscape architecture program at UC Denver.

Our Mission:

To restore and conserve the historical functions and vitality of the Rio Grande in Colorado for improved water quality, agricultural water use, riparian health, wildlife and aquatic species habitat, recreation and community safety while meeting the Rio Grande Compact.