The South Platte Headwaters Watershed covers an area of approximately 1,570 square miles, located in Colorado's northern Front Range. It is the primary source of water for the Denver metropolitan area and supplies water to several downstream water users. The watershed is characterized by a montane ecosystem with elevations ranging from 7,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level. It has a complex hydrological system that includes mountain streams, rivers, and numerous tributaries. The watershed is also home to several large reservoirs, including Dillon Reservoir. The area experiences a semi-arid climate with lower precipitation levels in the winter months, leading to lower snowpack levels. Climate change has led to decreasing snowpack levels, which has raised concerns about water availability in the region. Overall, the South Platte Headwaters Watershed is a critical source of water for the region and requires careful management and stewardship.