Colorado

Watson

Watson

This camera watches the cycle of the seasons along the North Platte River and faces south towards the entrance of North Park near the Colorado – Wyoming border. At roughly 9,000 feet, North Park is a 30-mile basin that cradles the major headwaters of the North Platte River in Colorado. The basin and surrounding landscape have a deep cultural and natural history that stretches back thousands of years, and most of it passes through this scene.

Winter Park

Winter Park

Located on a rooftop home at 9,000 feet in a housing development above Tabernash, Colorado, this camera looks towards Berthoud Pass and captures the cycle of the seasons and ever changing weather conditions and cloud formations west of the Continental Divide. Winter Park/Mary Jane Ski Area can be viewed in the distance. The ski resort has been in operation since 1939. Water is diverted from numerous creeks surrounding Winter Park Resort that would normally flow into the Colorado River through the Moffat Tunnel to the South Platte River, a major transbasin diversion that moves water from west slope to east slope underneath the Front Range to deliver water to the Denver metro and beyond.

Poudre River

Poudre River

Located on PBT’s long-time friend Steve Den’s deck in Poudre Canyon, this camera provides an upstream view of the Poudre River. The Poudre River is the only federally designated Wild & Scenic River in Colorado and the Platte Basin. The Wild & Scenic River act of 1968 enacted by the U.S. Congress to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This camera watched the river for exactly one year and then was retired.

Niwot Ridge

Niwot Ridge

This camera is located at the headwaters of the Boulder Creek watershed on Niwot Ridge. University of Colorado Boulder’s Niwot Ridge LTER is a Long-term Ecological Research Program aimed to study air, snow, water, soil, microbes, lakes, trees, flowers, and animals in the high mountains of the Colorado Rockies. Their mission is to better understand how our complex mountain systems are changing and better predict the future of the many critical services these systems provide to all of us living downhill — in Boulder, in Colorado, and beyond. The University of Boulder’s Mountain Research Station is located several miles below the ridge.

Rocky Flats Pond

Rocky Flats Pond

Located northwest of Denver, Colorado, the Rocky Flats Wildlife National Refuge was once the site of an underground nuclear testing facility. The area was converted into a wildlife refuge after the closing of the facility. Our camera frames a ranch house and historic Lindsey barn beside a pond with a backdrop of wind turbines and the Flatirons. The riparian area along Rock Creek provides critical habitat for many species, including mule deer and a resident elk herd. This camera was retired several years ago after heavy rains and local flooding blew the dam out and drained the pond, the only permanent water feature on the property.

Silver Creek

Silver Creek

Located in Routt National Forest, in the drainage adjacent to Jack Creek, Silver Creek winds through the eastern edge of North Park, Colorado. An active beaver pond pools water behind a dam, creating a complex habitat for various high country wildlife. Silver Creek flows into the Michigan River, one of several rivers that help form the North Platte River before flowing into Wyoming. This camera has been moved three times as trees it has been mounted to have fallen.

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