The Little Snake Watershed (HUC 14050003) is located in the northwest region of Colorado and covers an area of approximately 4,680 square miles. The watershed is characterized by high-elevation mountains, plateaus, and valleys that contribute to the hydrology of the area. Snowpack is a critical component of the watershed's hydrology, as it provides much of the surface water and regulates the timing of water release.
Surface water in the Little Snake Watershed is primarily composed of creeks and streams that flow through the area. The watershed also has several reservoirs, including the Elkhead Reservoir, which is a significant source of water for irrigated agriculture in the region.
Climatic facts and trends in the Little Snake Watershed show that the area experiences a semi-arid climate with low precipitation and high evaporation rates. The area has also seen an increase in average temperatures over the past few decades, leading to a reduced snowpack and altered hydrology. These changes have significant implications for water availability and management in the watershed.