A Map of the Colorado River

Colorado River Facts

  • River Name: Colorado River
  • Location: United States (southwest) and Mexico (northern)
  • Total Length: 1,450 miles
  • Maximum Depth: 85 feet
  • Main Outlet: Gulf of California
  • Known for: Its beautiful canyons and whitewater rapids

20 Colorado River Facts for Kids

  1. The Colorado River is a watercourse in North America.
  2. The Colorado River is best known for the beautiful canyons it flows through and its whitewater rapids.
  3. The Colorado River flows through the famous Grand Canyon in Arizona, United States.
  4. The Colorado River flows through two countries in North America.
  5. The two countries the Colorado River flows through are the United States of America and Mexico.
  6. The Colorado River flows through the U.S states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California.
  7. The Colorado River flows through the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.
  8. The Colorado River starts at La Poudre Pass Lake, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, United States.
  9. The Colorado River ends at the Gulf of California between the Mexico states of Sonora and Baja California.
  10. The entire length of the Colorado River is 1,450 miles.
  11. The Colorado River is the 5th longest river in the United States of America.
  12. The Colorado River is the 47th longest river in the world.
  13. The average depth of the Colorado River is around 20 feet.
  14. The deepest point of the Colorado River is around 85 feet.
  15. The Hoover Dam was built on the Colorado River between 1931 and 1936.
  16. The Hoover Dam was built to control the Colorado River, generate electricity and supply drinking water.
  17. The Hoover Damn feeds Lake Mead, a manmade reservoir with water from the Colorado River.
  18. The Colorado River supplies water to more than 40 million people in the southwest United States.
  19. The Colorado River supplies water to irrigate millions of acres of farmland in the southwest United States.
  20. The Colorado River is the most controlled rivers in the world due to its importance. All the laws, litigation and agreements about the usage of water from the Colorado River is collectively known as the Law of the River. 

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