Western Colorado Area Office | Upper Colorado Region

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


  • Ceremony Marks Recreation Opening at Lake Nighthorse Near Durango, Colorado

    Photo of Commissioner Burman speaking at Lake Nighhorse ceremonyThe Bureau of Reclamation and City of Durango held a dedication ceremony this morning at the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Area located near Durango, Colo. The ceremony celebrated the collaboration and hard work between numerous stakeholders and partners to make recreation a reality at the site, including: the Animas-La Plata Conservation District, Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Association, City of Durango, La Plata County, Reclamation, Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Ute Mountain Ute Indian Tribe. Read More →

  • Western Colorado Area Office Participates in Mesa County Safety Fair

    Safety Fair Students Attending Mesa County Safety Fair On February 22 and 23, 2018, the Western Colorado Area Office hosted a booth at the 39th Annual, Mesa County Safety Fair in Grand Junction, Colo. The fair was attended by approximately 1,000 homeschool, second grade, and fourth grade students from local elementary schools; as well as the general public. Read More →

  • 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 >>

Last Updated: 7/11/18