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


  • New low maintenance SF6 Unit breakerMorrow Point Powerplant has gone through some major changes. The station service switchgear, generator breakers and segregated electrical bus at Morrow Point had been in service since 1970 and periodic testing showed it was nearing the end of its service life. In addition to the age and performance of the existing equipment it had proven to be a challenge to meet today’s safety protocols with equipment that was designed and built in the late 1960’s. Read More >>

  • Pine Marina improvements at Navajo Reservoir

    Photo of Pine Marina's restaurant and store at Navajo ReservoirWork is complete on new facilities at the Pine Marina at Navajo State Park in New Mexico. The Pine Marina concessionaire is Navajo Dam Enterprises, owned by Margaret Vandervalk and operated by her son Jarret Johnson. The new facilities include a boat shop, office, rental office, a restaurant/cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, new bathrooms and numerous storage areas for supplies. Read More →

  • Lake Nighthorse Recreation Management Lease Agreement Signed

    Photo by Christine Ansell, Lake NighthorseThe Bureau of Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office and City of Durango finalized and signed a lease agreement for recreation management at Lake Nighthorse on January 27, 2017. The 25 year agreement transfers recreation management and related responsibilities to the city; including developing, construction and maintaining facilities and other improvements within the recreation area. Read More →

Last Updated: 1/23/18