Denver Basin

The Denver Basin is an asymmetric structural basin stretching from Colorado’s Front Range to the eastern plains, and from Greeley to Fountain. Rock layers within the basin are more steeply inclined along the Front Range where they slope eastward towards the basin’s center. Layers on the basin’s east side slope gently to the west, meeting the steeply dipping layers where the basin is deepest, under Denver. The Denver Basin hosts a number of important water-bearing geologic units (aquifers), and is major source of water for the area which it covers.