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The Colorado River starts at the Rocky Mountains and empties into the Gulf of California and the Sea of Cortez. It measures 1,400 miles long, providing resources for seven US states and two Mexico states.

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The Colorado River going through Grand National Park at Granite Rapids. The Colorado river carved the walls six million years ago.

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Colorado River Horseshoe


Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ.
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Along the Colorado River are many national parks and monuments to visit. With just about any activity you can dream up from camping to white water rafting, the skies the limit.

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There are 45 native species of fish in the Colorado River, including 4 endangered fish found nowhere else in the world. One of them being the Colorado Pikeminnow, that can be up to 5 feet long and weigh 80 pounds. The fish pictured above is just one example of what you might find.


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The Colorado River is the most regulated in the world. With so many national and international regulations they have clumped them all together as “The Law of the River.”
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Parker Dam on the Colorado River

There are many dams and canals along the Colorado basin that provide hydroelectric power, flood control, and water use. Its uses have exceeded the river’s annual flow and caused the lower portion of the river to have high concentrations of salt, negatively affecting the wildlife and land around the region.

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Colorado River at Laughlin