Stagecoach is a residential resort community which is located in the Yampa Valley in Routt County Colorado. It is adjacent to Stagecoach Lake State Park and is just a short drive from Steamboat Springs.  The area offers hiking, biking, fishing, boating, skiing and even dog sledding along with residential opportunities in a beautiful natural setting.




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Attention All SPOA Property Owners and Members:


To Members of the Stagecoach Property Owners’ Association:


This letter is to update you all on the water well  and sealed sanitary wastewater vault permit moratoriums that were recently imposed in the Stagecoach area.  These moratoriums were imposed last Fall as a result of the Colorado Division of Water Resources’ (CDWR) review of the water well permitting process in the over-appropriated Yampa river basin.


I am pleased to tell you that the moratoriums have now been rescinded and owners in all Stagecoach subdivisions not currently served by the centralized water and sanitation systems can once again apply for and obtain a water well permit from the State and a sealed sanitary wastewater vault permit from Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District (the “District”).  To make a long story short, the CDWR completed its review and determined that property owners within the District’s boundaries still have the opportunity to receive an exempt water well permit for household use from the State if the permit request is agreed to by the District.  With CDWR’s newly documented position on water well permitting completed, the District lifted its moratorium on the issuance of sealed sanitary wastewater vaults.  Essentially the well and vault permitting process in place prior to CDWR’s review remains the same with some minor procedural changes that do not impact an owner’s ability to obtain the permits.


It is important for all owners to understand that while they continue to have the opportunity to apply for an exempt water well permit, the CDWR will continue to separately consider each individual application.  As has always been the case, the CDWR has no obligation and they provide no guarantee that they will grant a water well permit.  With that said, they have indicated they do not foresee many requests for water well permits being denied if the permit request is agreed to by the District.  Another important item owners should understand relative to the water well permits granted is they are exempt well permits for ordinary household purposes and are to be used by one single family dwelling with no outside use for lots under 35 acres.


If you would like to read additional information on the CDWR’s review and final position on the issuance of individual on-lot water well permits in Routt County, we have posted their February 1 ,2018 letter to Routt County on our website at  You will also find on our website the notice received from the District’s attorney indicating the moratorium on the issuance of sealed sanitary wastewater vaults was rescinded and outlining the procedural changes they are implementing in the permitting process.


Thank you for your patience and support as the Division of Water Resources and Morrison Creek have worked to address their concerns and resolve the issue.  I would also like to thank the CDWR, Routt County and the District for their efforts in working to achieve a positive outcome for our property owners.




John Troka

President, Stagecoach Property Owners Association.

  • Posted 2-26-2018


    At a special continuance of the regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District today, the Board unanimously adopted (a) a resolution rescinding the moratorium of the District on participation in the Routt County-District Vault Program for construction of residences on certain lots at Stagecoach where there is no central water or sewer, and (b) a Policy and Lot Owner Acknowledgment by which the procedures for lot owner participation in the program has been changed, so that the first step for the Lot Owner and the pre-requisite for the District even signing up a Lot Owner Agreement and recording such Agreement, which the County requires as a pre-requisite to commence consideration of a building permit and vault permit applications for the proposed residence, is the issuance of an exempt well permit by the Colorado State Engineer.   Until an exempt well permit is issued by the State Engineer, the District will not initiate the Land Owner Agreement process or refer the matter to Routt County.


    The Resolution, with the attached Policy and Lot Owner Acknowledgment, in PDF form, are attached below. If you have any questions, call Steve Colby at the District offices 970-736-8250. Download document here


    Tom Sharp

    General Counsel

    Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District

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  • Posted 2-14-2018

    Subject: Well Permits and Subdivisions within Routt County, Water Division 6


    This letter is to clarify the position of the Division of Water Resources (DWR) regarding the issuance of individual on-lot well permits within subdivisions in Routt County. Changes to the over-appropriated status of streams within Routt County combined with a lack of previously-approved subdivision water supply plans, affects DWR’s evaluation of well permit applications on lots included in a subdivision of land as defined in section 30-28-101(10)(a), C.R.S. This letter serves as an opinion regarding material injury likely to occur to decreed water rights from a water supply for a subdivision as referenced in section 30-28-136(h), for subdivisions without an existing opinion on file with DWR. This letter, coupled with subdivision platting dates and stream over-appropriation dates, serves as a guide to what types of well permits may be issued for subdivisions within Routt County. A map showing the stream systems considered to be over-appropriated and the date they became over-appropriated is attached hereto as Attachment C.


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  • Posted 9-14-2017

    In a recent meeting attended by SPOA board member Matt Kaufman, Erin Light of the Colorado Division of Water Resources indicated that while the original goal of the Division was to have a determination on the water well issue by September 30th, October 15th is a now more likely date. Also, during the public comment period of the Routt County Board of County Commissioners meeting held on September 5, 2017, SPOA board member John DiNicholas inquired if the commissioners had any updates on the issue of water well and vault permits in the Stagecoach area.  In summary their response was the County was taking a wait and see approach to the written determination the Colorado Division of Water Resources indicated would be forthcoming on or about September 30th.  You can find the audio recording from their discussion with John DiNicholas below.


    Public Audio Recording

  • Posted 8-30-2017

    Routt County Commissioners Meet With Morrison Creek Metro District to Discuss Suspension of Water Well and Vault Permits


    On Tuesday, August 29th representatives of the Morrison Creek Metropolitan Water and Sanitation District met with the Routt County Commissioners to discuss the recent suspension of the issuance of water well and sanitary vault permits in the Stagecoach area.  Erin Light of the Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) was also present at the meeting.  Although there was a rather lengthy discussion on the issue, both the District and the County are taking a wait and see approach pending the release of a definitive position statement by the CDWR on how they well evaluate, restrict and/or grant household well permits in the Stagecoach area.   Per Ms. Light, the CDWR is targeting the end of September for the release of this position statement.


    For those interested in hearing specifically what was said at the meeting, we have posted a copy of the County’s public audio recording of the BCC meeting on our website which can be found at   We have edited the recording to only include that portion of the BCC meeting that included the discussion with Morris Creek.  The meeting lasted just over 1 hour.  We will also be posting the minutes from this meeting when they are available from the county.


    Public audio Recording

Morrison Cove Day Use Project and State Park BLM Trail Project


Dear Stagecoach Property Owners,


In an effort to maintain transparency and continue to build on our the partnership with the South Routt community, Stagecoach State Park made a presentation to the SPOA board at the Board  meeting on November 18th in regards to the Morrison Creek Day Use area as well as a new proposed trail in the area.


Park staff have recently completed an internal review of their current and projected budget and how that relates to park maintenance, seasonal staffing and future park priorities in relation to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Strategic Plan. In light of the current financial reality and after an analysis of the public use patterns at the Morrison Day Use Area, park staff have developed a plan to modify the management and recreational opportunities of this section of the park.  Morrison Closure


Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management and Upper Yampa Water Conservation District staff have also begun discussions on the development of a new trail that would connect federal and state managed lands. The proposed trail would connect with the Elk Run Trail just South of the dam wall and would also include a new parking area at the terminus of Arapahoe Road where it abuts Stagecoach State Park. Stagecoach State Park BLM Trail  | Trail Projection Map




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