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Animas River

Added by yongli on 02/29/2016 - 16:32, last changed on 05/11/2020 - 09:21
Until recently, the Animas River—known in Spanish as “El Río de las Ánimas,” or “The River of Lost Souls”—was one of only a few undammed rivers in southwestern Colorado. The Upper Animas River Canyon bears the legacy of the longest hard-rock mining operations in southwestern Colorado. The mineral-...

Clear Creek Canyon

Added by yongli on 05/17/2016 - 13:26, last changed on 02/27/2021 - 01:07
Clear Creek flows from the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass, eastward through a deep and wide glacial valley down to Idaho Springs , where the valley narrows and the stream gradient increases as it enters narrow, relatively undeveloped Clear Creek Canyon. Through Clear Creek Canyon the stream...

Colorado River

Added by Greg Vogl on 08/01/2014 - 09:38, last changed on 01/29/2021 - 16:00
The Colorado is the premier river of the American Southwest. Rising in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, this river and its tributaries provide water and hydroelectric power for nearly 35 million people in the United States and Mexico, as well as habitat for several fish species found only in...


Added by yongli on 05/06/2016 - 15:50, last changed on 05/11/2020 - 10:00
Snow in the high country sometimes accumulates faster than it melts, leading to the formation and continuation of glaciers. Colorado is home to seven glacial regions that reside mainly in central and northern Colorado. Each area sustains unique ecosystems and watersheds crucial to nature and humans...

Grand Valley Irrigation

Added by yongli on 08/01/2016 - 13:06, last changed on 10/13/2021 - 07:55
The story of irrigation in Colorado’s Grand Valley speaks volumes about the reciprocal relationship between land and community in the arid American West. Early white colonizers of Colorado’s Western Slope espoused concepts of landscape and water control that physically transformed the landscape...

Gunnison River

Added by yongli on 05/06/2016 - 15:25, last changed on 12/21/2020 - 01:07
The Gunnison River is a major tributary of the Colorado River , contributing about one-third of the Colorado’s flow at the Colorado-Utah state line. The basin drained by the Gunnison stretches from alpine meadows and forests along the Continental Divide to the arid canyon country around Grand...

South Platte River

Added by yongli on 02/22/2017 - 13:13, last changed on 01/31/2021 - 17:21
The South Platte River flows from its headwaters in the Mosquito Range west of South Park across Colorado’s northeastern plains . From downtown Fairplay to the Nebraska border at Julesburg , its course through Colorado is approximately 380.3 miles. Today, water administrators and water...

Trappers Lake and Flat Tops Wilderness

Added by yongli on 09/14/2020 - 15:14, last changed on 03/29/2021 - 08:16
The Flat Tops Wilderness covers more than 235,000 acres of remote mountains and forests in Garfield , Rio Blanco , and Eagle Counties on Colorado’s Western Slope . Its most popular natural feature is Trappers Lake, the state’s second-largest natural lake, fed by the North Fork of the White River...

Yampa River

Added by yongli on 02/02/2017 - 16:41, last changed on 02/26/2021 - 01:07
The Yampa River snakes 250 miles across northwestern Colorado, primarily in Routt and Moffat Counties. Its watershed encompasses approximately 8,000 square miles in Colorado and Wyoming; in Colorado, the river flows through Craig , Hayden , Milner , and Steamboat Springs , among other communities...
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