As I understand it, the Wheeler Ditch was originally part of the original copper-mining operations of the 19th century town of Aspen, long before skiing, physics meetings, the music festival, and the Aspen Institute. Now the ditch is put to another use: controlling water flow on the Roaring Fork River to facilitate irrigation of the farms and ranches in the valley downstream from here. The Colorado Water Trust and public input play a role in determining how the water will be used.
The water-control channels and mechanisms:
|The ditch runs parallel to the river|
|Just beyond the water gate|