Colorado Scenics

Steve Tohari

617 Midland Ave.,

Woodland Park, CO 80863


This is Lake Dillon as seen from Sapphire Point on Swan Mountain Road between Breckenridge and Keystone, Colorado. Above the lake is the Ten Mile Range, a narrow range of 12 to 13,000″ peaks rising above Breckenridge to the left of the scene. Lake Dillon is the major source of water for Denver. The Dillon dam, built in 1964, holds water that is then piped through the Roberts Tunnel under the Continental Divide to the East into the Platte River and into Denver. It is a transfer of water that normally flows West to a city in the East – under the mountains in a tunnel. Denver was built on the wrong side of the divide – the East Slope, where little water from the Rocky Mountains flows. Conflict between the mountainous West and the flatland East continues to this day…The sparsely populated West Slope has the water, the populous East Slope has the need. This is the Western paradox.

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