The Colorado River

The Colorado River is the principal river of the Southwestern United States and northwest Mexico. The 1,450-mile (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. Rising in the central Rocky Mountains in the U.S., the river flows generally southwest across Colorado. This river is known around the world for its dramatic canyons and whitewater rapids. Falling from the headwaters of Gore Canyon and Little Gore Canyon, it flows through Glenwood Canyon into vast Debeque Canyon, then finally entering Utah by Ruby Canyon. Intense extreme fast whitewater rafting to mellow float trips, this river has everything for everyone.