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The Colorado River is most famous for creating the Grand Canyon. It's also the progenitor of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Marble Canyon and Glen Canyon Dam, while satiating the thirst of the West's largest cities.

What You Should Know About The Colorado River

colorado riverThe Colorado River is one of the outstanding landmarks in the world. It drains its water from seven different states. This divides it into the upper basin consisting of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. We also have the lower basin consisting of Nevada, Arizona and California. It has flown to the Gulf of California until recently and it is a river with a rich history.

It flows through Utah in southwesterly direction. It has two major tributaries that are Green and San Juan Rivers. However there are other smaller sources flowing in from the east and west. Historically, the river had permeable boundaries to the south and east and also to the northwest. These boundaries separated the Anasazi and Fremont Indian tribal populations.

The river cuts deeply in the Grand Canyon. The depth of the canyon varies and generally you can say it is about a vertical mile. The width of the canyon is also not constant and will vary at about 10 miles, the widest point reaching up to 18 miles.

The Colorado River divides the canyon into South Rim and North Rim. Two bridges at the bottom hikers on the Bright Angel Trail and the South Kaibab Trail to cross it en route to Phantom Ranch. History Indian laborers were manually carried the steel beams, coils and planks down from the South Rim!

The river has always been an important geographical feature for the tribes and general population that call the Colorado Plateau home. The waterway has been used for decades as an important water source by humans and even animals both domestic and wild. Furthermore, Native Americans have used the water for agricultural purposes. This assists them in food production hence improving food security in the region.

Dams along "Grand Canyon River" are also an important feature. The most famous is Hoover Dam, which boasts 700+ foot retaining wall that led to the creation of Lake Mead. The dam famously connected Arizona to Nevada via State Route 93. That changed in 2010 when the Hoover Dam Bypass opened. Today, only pedestrians are allowed on top of the dam.

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Glen Canyon Dam, located near the Arizona-Utah border, is another dam of incredible stature. Like Hoover Dam, it sports a massive retaining wall that rises more than 700 feet. The dam, which took 10 years to build, created the Lake Powell, the largest artificial lake in the U.S.

Past the Rocky Mountains, the Colorado River's depth drops, especially as it enters the Grand Canyon, where 10 percent of its 210-mile course there is affected by powerful whitewater rapids. Generally speaking, the Colorado's currents can be swift and swimming is not advised.

The river forms about 3/4 of the border between Arizona and Colorado. Highlights on this stretch include the gambling town of Laughlin, the original London Bridge and Lake Havasu. The Colorado's terminus is the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

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