In June 2012, four adventurers started at the headwaters of the upper Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park and headed downstream for the next 800 miles. We will took video and photographs, interviewed basin stakeholders, and recorded water quality data. Working with partners in the Marine Ventures Foundation, the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, and the river conservation group, Below the Surface (Outside Magazine’s 2012 “readers of the year”), we are creating a robust geographical overview of Colorado River basin with our interactive map.

The goal of the project is to make the voices of various stakeholders and “river experts” heard, as well as providing a virtual tour of the Colorado River through narratives, photographs, videos, and scientific research.

The expedition is one aspect of Colorado College's 2012-13 State of the Rockies Project. The research conducted on the expedition, and the engagement of various stakeholders throughout the trip was done in conjunction with the Project's summer research on the Colorado College campus. The Project's focus for 2012-13 is Water Friendly Futures for the Colorado River Basin. Following on the successes of the 2011-12 Rockies Project focus on the Colorado River Basin, the expedition and the Project's research aim to continue the Project's mission: Building upon over 130 years of service to the region, the Rockies Project conducts state-of-the-art research helping Rockies residents clearly see our communities, our environment and our economy so we can better shape our future. To learn more about the 2011-12 Rockies Project, the summer 2012 research, or the Project in general, visit the State of the Rockies Project website.