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5 Colorado River Facts You Should Know

Colorado River through the Grand Canyon

The Colorado River is one of the largest and most well-known rivers in the US, but many people ask “Where is the Colorado River located? The answer may surprise you. It starts in Colorado, but it definitely doesn’t end there.  Learn a bit more about the Colorado River, then come on a scenic float or guided fly fishing tour out of Kremmling with AVA.

1. The Colorado River is one of the Longest Rivers in the U.S.

It may come as a surprise to some that The Colorado is quite a lengthy river. Passing through California, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado, this river covers territory. 11 different national parks are also passed through by this river.

Where does the Colorado River start and end? The source of the river starts at La Poudre Pass sitting high at 10,184 feet above sea level and drops down through the county passing through the Grand Canyon and eventually ending in the California Gulch down at sea level in Mexico. As it twists and turns through the country, it supplies water to 4 million acres of land.

Colorado River Horseshoe Bend

2. The Wildlife and Plant Life are Diverse

Due to the expansive area of land the Colorado River flows through, there is an array of different terrain and wildlife that surround it. Wildlife from elk, moose, bears and mountain lions can be found in the Colorado region while mountain sheep and coyotes can be found in the more southern regions. There are also many different species of birds that reside along the different areas the river varying as the climate changes from coniferous to alpine to arid. That’s right, if you were to follow the entire Colorado River at one point you’d be pointing out cacti and at another you’d see a landscape full of pine trees.

3. The Colorado River is Used for Many Purposes

The power of this river, the amount of water flowing through and the area it covers all allow for it to be used for many purposes including irrigation, a water source and a source of power. Between irrigation for crops and drinking water, 35-40 million are reliant on the Colorado River for water. With 29 dams, aqueducts and channels the Colorado is used for so much more than just recreation.

4. It is Home to Many Water Sports

The diversity of the river changing from wide and slow moving to narrow with rapids allows for many types of recreational activities. Colorado River rafting and kayaking are popular in the more narrow regions such as Fisher Towers, Westwater Canyon, Cataract Canyon and of course the Grand Canyon. In areas where the water is more calm areas stand up paddle boarding, fishing, canoeing and pull-behind boat activities such as wake boarding and water skiing are popular. Along this massive river really any water sport is a possibility.

Upper Colorado River Rafting

5. The Colorado Portion is Great for Recreation

From fly fishing to stand up paddle boarding, the portion of the Colorado River actually located in Colorado is a great place for the possible activities the Colorado boasts. The narrow sections of the Colorado create great white-water rafting and kayaking in areas such as Gore Canyon. In the wider, more mellow portions of the upper portion of the Colorado River, fly fishing, scenic floating and stand up paddle boarding are common activities.

Join AVA on a Colorado River rafting or fishing adventure this summer!