Headwaters of the Rio Grande

Today we rented a Jeep and drove the 20 mile gravel road to the “headwaters” of the Rio Grande.  I put that in quotes because actually you can’t tell where it begins (apparently that is at Pyramid Peak at way over 13,000 feet so we weren’t very close).  There are two reservoirs and the larger one, the Rio Grande Reservoir, is pretty close to the end of the road.  There are two or three creeks or something that run down to the reservoir (the top, right most picture actually precedes the top, left picture – you can see the river is getting larger).  You can see in some of the pictures that the water is down significantly and we think it is because they are doing reclamation work and have lowered the level.  The streaking in the reservoir we assume is the river channel but we did not discover anything about the depth except the water is pretty clear and appears to drop off near the shore. The smaller reservoir was not down at all that one could tell.  In the bottom picture you can begin to see some of the fire damage along the river below the reservoir (which we think was last year’s fire – more on that shortly).

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