Western Colorado Area Office

The Western Colorado Area Office (WCAO) consists of two offices, one located in Grand Junction and one located in Durango, and several field offices with projects encompassing western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northeastern Arizona. The office is responsible for Reclamation projects and program activities in the Upper Colorado, Gunnison, Yampa, White, Dolores, Uncompahgre, Animas, and San Juan river basins and works with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation, and Navajo Nation, as well as numerous water user organizations.

News and Highlights


  • Photo: Members of the WCAO Rope Access Team Complete Annual Training Features

    WCAO Ropes Team Completes Annual Training

    On May 14, 2015, members of the Western Colorado Area Office Rope Access Team completed their annual training at Crystal Dam in Montrose, Colo. The training keeps employees up to date on techniques and equipment used for rope support work. Ropes training covers climbing safety and hazards; the use, limitations, inspection, and maintenance of equipment; and basic climbing and self-rescue techniques. Read More →

  • In The News

    Reclamation Continues Animas-La Plata Project Contract Negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe

    DURANGO, Colo. – Reclamation’s Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will continue negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project. The third negotiation meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 8 a.m. at the Western Colorado Area Office, 185 Suttle Street, Suite 2, Durango, Colo. Read More →

Last Updated: 7/8/15