Immersed in a Mission

The intent of the Headwaters River Journey is to raise awareness about the critical role the Colorado River headwaters play in our environment, economy, and Colorado lifestyle, as well the vital actions we must take to conserve and protect our rivers and water supply. The Headwaters River Journey is housed within the Headwaters Center, a nonprofit operation created by the Sprout Foundation. The Headwaters Center aims to provide enriching cultural and educational opportunities, unique meeting and event spaces, and access to higher education through both hands-on and distance learning experiences.

Water We Talking About?

The water we drink. The water we bathe in. The water we use to clean our clothes, wash our dishes, and water our lawns. Where does it come from? Are we using it wisely? Will there always be a reliable supply?

In Colorado, the water we use comes primarily from our rivers, including the Fraser River flowing right outside Headwaters River Journey. These rivers we rely on are greatly impacted by diversions, climate change, population growth, and the personal choices we make about water usage.

Headwaters River Journey, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), is a self-guided adventure through 31 immersive exhibits inviting visitors to explore the wonder of Colorado’s rivers, learn more about the threats to our water supply, gather to discuss water-related issues, and take action in conserving our greatest resource.

More Than 30 Engaging Exhibits.

Using state-of-the-art interactive technology, Headwaters River Journey takes visitors on an informative, insightful and introspective exploration of the wonders of nature, the importance of water, and our direct impact on them both.

Consider The Source.

Have you ever stopped to think about where the water you use comes from? If you live on the Front Range here in Colorado, chances are some of the water you use comes from a river.

The Ripple Effect.

Headwaters River Journey is made possible by the concern and collaboration of a strong and growing community.

Get Back To Nature.

With our unique location along the Fraser River, you can end your visit to Headwaters River Journey with a hike or picnic along the Fraser River Trail.

Get Your Feet Wet.

Interested in volunteer work? We’re always looking for a helping hand!