The Colorado River flows through seven U.S. states (including, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California) and two Mexican states. It is a major river in the American southwest and in northern Mexico. It is estimated to be more than 5 million years old.
This beautiful and versatile river system houses a large variety of flora and fauna. It also flows through the Grand Canyon which is one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The length of this river is 1,450 miles. It is responsible for irrigating 3.5 million acres of farmland and providing drinking water for about 40 million people.
Quick Facts: –
- There are total eleven different U.S. national parks along the Colorado River.
- The river has an average depth of about 20 feet but in some places, it is nearly 100 feet deep.
- The river is joined by 25 significant tributaries. Green River is the largest by both length and discharge.
- The first recorded explorer to reach the Colorado River was Francisco de Ulloa, in 1536.
- The source of this river is in La Poudre Pass in the Rocky Mountains, and it flows into the Sea of Cortez at the Gulf of California.
- This river supplies hydroelectric power plants that generate more than 10 billion KW-Hours every year.
- The temperature of the water used to reach 80°F but now many dams have been constructed so the temperature stays at about 42°F.
- In the Colorado River watershed, more than 1,600 different plant species grow.
- This river and its tributaries are regulated by an extensive system of dams, reservoirs and aqueducts.
- The river’s narrowest point is at 135 miles along its length. The width here is merely 76 feet.