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Colorado River

Listed under Rafting in Southwest Desert, United States.

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The Colorado River is so long and large that it offers plenty of opportunity for white water rafting and river trips. Most of the whitewater rafting opportunities are in Southern Utah and the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Moab, Utah and surrounding regions are home to world famous Utah rafting destinations such as Westwater Canyon and Cataract Canyon. Cataract Canyon is where the Green River meets with the Colorado River and the river and rapid increase significantly in size. The most notable and popular stretch of the Colorado River is of course the Grand Canyon. Rafting vacations in the Grand Canyon are truly unique experiences.


The Colorado River is the main river in southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. The actual headwaters of the river are located in Rocky Mountain National Park. The river flows through Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California and Mexico. The river is approximately 1,450 mi (2,330 km) long, draining a part of the arid regions on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains. The Colorado River drains 242,900 sq mi (629,100 km²). Total flows of the river range, depending on the season and rainfall. The river levels can be anywhere from 20,000 cubic feet per second (570 m³/s) in droughts to 1,000,000 ft³/s (28,000 m³/s) in severe floods.

Today the Colorado River and its useage is heavily monitored by government agencies and the National Park Service. They want to ensure that the Colorado River is maintained and preserved for future generations. They limit the amount of traffic and commercial useage of the river in hopes of keeping the river in the best condition.

Written by  Ryan Hutchings.

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“Best adventure: Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon”

By Andy Pietrasik & Joanna Walters for First Published 15th July 2009 The expert: Abe Streep, Outside MagazineAs far as epic adventures go, this is a classic: roaring down the canyon through a 100-degree desert landscape looking up a… Read more...

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