Did you know the average person uses over 36,000 gallons of water a year?

Showers, laundry, leaky faucets and dishwashers are a few high use pieces of the complex water puzzle of the west, but by far, agriculture and lawns consume the majority of our supply.

If climate scientists are correct in their predictions of available moisture falling short of the demand, the Fraser River has reached a breaking point in the water supply chain.

Headwaters River Journey offers an immersive and entertaining way to learn about where our water comes from and the critical role conservation plays in protecting our rivers and water supply.

The Headwaters River Journey held the official grand opening Saturday, July 13th, and the dedication was a celebration of several years of visioning, research and hard work. Museum benefactor and visionary, Bob Fanch, asked the crowd, “Do people really know where their water comes from?”

Bob and his wife, Suzanne, spearheaded the development of the Headwaters Center and the River Journey. “I think what we’re trying to get across is for everyone to be part of the solution. If we all realize we play a role in our supply and demand, the impacts on the rivers of the west can be significant.”

On Saturday, July 13th, the community came together to celebrate the grand opening of the Headwaters River Journey. A dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and powerful remarks from our community leaders were the focus, while guests were treated to a tour of the new interactive exhibit.

Kirk Klancke, president of the Colorado River Headwaters chapter of Trout Unlimited, said, “Experience has taught me a couple of truths about water. Legislation is slow, litigation is expensive, education is going to save the Fraser River.” Kirk added, “This facility will help us change a culture that will help save our rivers.”

Dan Gibbs, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, said, “This facility is unique, there’s nothing like this in the state or even the country.”  

Visitors to the River Journey are able to interact and learn through informative displays, videos and exhibits that stimulate thought and a few surprises that are just simply fun for all ages.

There are games and quizzes to test your knowledge and several exhibits that encourage feedback and your input. “We want people to understand the connection between water and lifestyle in Colorado,” said Fanch. “Water is an economic driver, especially in Colorado, and we wanted to include contemplative exhibits that relate usage to impact.” 

The Headwaters River Journey opens daily at 10 am. For tickets, visit headwatersriverjourney.com.