Colorado River: Length: 2,334Km Source: La Poudre Pass Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park Mouth: Gulf of California
Elevation: 10,175 ft (3,101 m)
The Colorado River supplies water to over 25 million people and irrigates around 3.5 million acres offarmland More water is exported from the Colorado River s basin than any other river basin worldwide The river is popular for all sorts of sports including rafting, canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, fishing, tubing, wakeboarding and many more Upper Course The upper course of the Colorado River is found in the Rocky Mountains. The river is originally formed by snowmelt in the mountain area. In this course of its journey, the river can reach up to 370m wide and can be 30ft in depth. As the river reaches the Upper Gore Canyon, it drops significantly from its original height of 10,175ft above sea level. Middle Course As the Colorado reaches its middle course, it flows through the Grand Canyon in Nevada. At this stage, the river can only reach up to 210m in width and is not as deep as the upper course. The river is still quite steep in its gradient and eventually flows into Lake Mead on its way to its mouth. The river is also frequently dammed and is used as an energy source for the state of Nevada, for example, the Hoover dam holds up the river as it uses it as electricity in Nevada near Las Vegas. Final Course The Colorado s gradient lessens as it reaches the mouth; it also flows through a large amount of flood plain and often overflows its banks at this section. The river is very dry and is reduced to a stream as it reaches the border with Mexico on its south easterly course. The river eventually reaches its mouth where it is at its widest.
Middle section of Grand Canyon