Brief History and Facts about the Colorado River

The Colorado River has been carving its way through the Western United States geology for over 2 billion years. Its many layers of limestone and other rock provide a visible tale of how the Earth itself has developed over the years.

For over 12,000 years, it was the sole source of water and life for the Native Americans who lived along its shores. Ancient Pueblo Indians built granaries under the cliffs of what are now a part of the Grand Canyon National Park.

Seven states are graced with the water’s presence. Colorado, Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming can all claim to have parts of the magnificent body of water flowing through them.

The river has been a huge source of potable water for these states as well as parts of Mexico. About 78 percent of the river’s water is used for agricultural purposes much like it was thousands of years ago for the natives.

There are 40 species of fish in the river, some of which are indigenous to the river. Four species are endangered but protected (see website). These endangered fish include the pikeminnow and the bonytail. Each of these fish can live to be about 40 or 50 years. They are now apparently regenerating and while they may not be thriving, they are still benefiting from their protected status as mandated by the Endangered Species Act.

The Colorado River is also home to seven national wildlife preserves. There are also recreation areas where people enjoy white water rafting along this incredibly powerful river. The Colorado River is also comprised of 11 different national parks. The most famous is the Grand Canyon National Park. Dinosaur Park is among the most spectacular as actual fossils are visible through the shale and granite.

More Interesting Facts About The Colorado River

The Colorado River runs from central Colorado, through the Southeastern sector of Utah, down through the Grand Canyon, and then continues south along the Arizona-California border, down past Yuma into Mexico, and out to the Gulf of California.

For over 12,000 years the river has been an important means of transportation, water supply and life in general for indigenous populations and modern sports enthusiasts.

The scenic beauty is unlike anything else found in the world, especially as it winds its way throughout the Grand Canyon, telling the story of how over the centuries it has etched the formation of the canyon. The deep gorges and towering cliffs speak of the power of the endless flow of the water over the years.

The Native Americans who have live in the areas of the river have depended upon the river for their very livelihood as they planted and harvested their crops, using the river as a source of water. Continue reading “More Interesting Facts About The Colorado River”

A Few Interesting Facts About The History Of The Colorado River

When many people hear about the Colorado River, the first thing they think of is the Grand Canyon. There are some great river rafting experiences that await you if you ever visit this river. The Colorado River has been featured in many movies, it has had a major impact on the art world. What do you know about the Colorado River?

Did you know that it’s over 1,450 miles long? That’s a pretty long river, and as you can imagine, that means it crosses through four states, not just Colorado. Do you know what those states are? They are California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. The river does start in Colorado though.

The deepest part of the river is 90 feet, but that’s an exception. The average depth is a better indication of what to expect, and that number is 20 feet. It is said that the Colorado River has been Continue reading “A Few Interesting Facts About The History Of The Colorado River”

Intriguing Facts About The Colorado River

The Colorado River is one of main rivers of the Southwestern US. In addition to being beautiful, it has a long history. Learn some facts about this spectacular waterway in this article.

The first people known to inhabit that river basin were the Paleo-Indians about 12,000 years ago. However, there was not much human activity until about 8,000 to 2,000 years ago during the Desert Archaic period.

Today, somewhere between 36 to 40 million rely on the water from The Colorado River for domestic, industrial, and agricultural needs. Its hundreds of canals and 29 dams help provide water to surrounding residents.

There are 25 major tributaries that join the river. The largest of such tributaries is the Green River. The Gila River is second.

Temperatures along the river vary, mostly depending on the elevation of a specific area. The lower basin averages a temperature of 92.1 inches, while the upper basin averages 77.5. Average annual precipitation is only 6.5 inches. However, the parts of the river that flow through the Rockies average annual precipitation of 40 inches. Continue reading “Intriguing Facts About The Colorado River”

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Hi – my name is Jim and I’m what some call an outdoor enthusiast. I love swimming, kayaking, running, mountain climbing, mountain biking, mountain lion wrestling…. well maybe not that last one. But I do love the mountains, and I recently visited the Grand Canyon, and got a chance to swim the majestic Colorado River. It was the swim of a lifetime….

My wife suggested that I blog about the experience and I thought it was a good idea, though I wanted to be informative at the same time. I decided to research the Colorado River a bit more, and share my findings. So stay tuned – I will be posting up here soon!