Let It Flow

The San Juan Mountains are known to be one the “wettest” and most lush mountain ranges in the Rockies due largely in part to the spectacular seasonal monsoon rains that recharge our watershed each summer. Most of the area within Mountain Village lies within the Silver Mountain landslide, one of the largest landslide features in North America.

This special geologic feature produces an uneven topography that supports numerous groundwater discharge points in the form of springs and seeps. And Mountain Village is situated at the headwaters of the free-flowing San Miguel River and encompasses several tributary streams within its boundaries.

Tributary Streams

  1. Prospect Creek
  2. Skunk Creek
  3. Elk Creek
  4. Turkey Creek
  5. Lost Creek
  6. Snowshoe Creek
  7. Gorrono Creek
  8. Waddal Creek
  9. Little Prospect Creek

These streams, and the large amount of wetland and riparian areas they support, are a vital part of our mountain habitat and what sets our environment apart from other resort communities in the high desert of Colorado. Therefore we have standards in place to ensure these ecosystems are not impacted by our development and recreational activities.


All of the wetlands in our community benefit not only us but the surrounding region of San Miguel County, and most are protected and regulated by the federal Clean Water Act. As wetlands provide a variety of functions that support aesthetic, ecological and physical needs within the community, their protection and a framework for their maintenance and enhancement is necessary to maintain the ecological integrity of the area.

The Wetlands Management Plan for Mountain Village was created in 1996 and is applicable to all residential and commercial activities and operations in our community. The plan includes an inventory of all existing wetlands in Mountain Village and specific measures that can be taken to prevent impacts to those wetlands from development pressures. If you have any reason to believe wetlands exist on your property, refer to the Wetlands Management Plan or contact our Planning and Development Services Department to ensure your activities are not compromising these important ecosystems.