The Uncompahgre Watershed (HUC 14020006) covers 2,844 square miles in western Colorado and is part of the Colorado River Basin. The watershed is characterized by its high elevations, rugged terrain, and abundant snowpack. The Uncompahgre River is the main surface water feature in the watershed, with several reservoirs and irrigation ditches diverting water for agricultural use. The snowpack in the watershed is critical for water availability throughout the year, and is monitored closely by state agencies. The area experiences a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters, and is prone to drought. Climate change is expected to impact the region, with warmer temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns. The Uncompahgre Watershed is an important source of water and natural resources for the region, and is managed through a collaborative effort among local, state, and federal agencies.