List of Colorado Rivers on the Map
Animas River, Apishapa River, Arikaree River, Arkansas River, Beaver Creek, Big Sandy Creek, Blue River, Box Elder Creek, Cache la Poudre River, Cherry Creek, Colorado River, Dolores River, Gunnison River, Huerfano River, Laramie River, Little Snake River, Mancos River, North Platte River, Platte River, Purgatoire River, Rio Grande, Rush Creek, San Miguel River, South Fork Republican River, South Platte River, Two Butte Creek, Uncompahgre River, White River and Yampa River.
Rivers in Colorado
The Colorado River, Arkansas River, Rio Grande and South Platte River are a few rivers that make Colorado State rich and fertile. This landlocked US State with a total land area of 103,730 sq. miles is also famous for its lakes and other water bodies.
Originally named Rio Colorado
, the Colorado River drains mainly from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. While there are rapid and calm sections to the river, the depth also varies from 6 ft. to 90 ft., with 20 ft. being the average.
The fifth longest river of North America, the Rio Grande, has its origin in the southern Rocky Mountains at the southwestern part of Colorado. Along it meandering journey of 2,830 km (1,760 miles), the Rio Grande helps in the irrigation of 2 million acres of farmland both in US and Mexico. Pecos, Chama, Puerco and Devils Rivers are Rio Grande's principal tributaries.
is a major tributary of the Mississippi River. It originates from the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains close to Leadville (Central Colorado).
One of the two main branches of Platte river, South Platte River originates from Mosquito Range (Central Colorado). The main tributaries of South Platte river are St. Vrain, Clear Creek, and Boulder Creek, to name a few.
Adjacent to each river basin in the state, there are several lakes that make excellent destinations for fishing and outdoor sightseeing. Some of the major lakes in Colorado are Clear, Dowdy, North, Bear, and Blue Lake.
Top 10 Longest Rivers in Colorado
1. Rio Grande – 1,896 miles (3,051 km)
2. Arkansas River – 1,469 miles (2,364 km)
3. Colorado River – 1,450 miles (2,330 km)
4. Canadian River – 906 miles (1,458 km)
5. Green River – 730 miles (1,170 km)
6. North Platte River – 716 miles (1,152 km)
7. Cimarron River – 698 miles (1,123 km)
8. Smoky Hill River – 560 miles (900 km)
9. South Platte River – 439 miles (707 km)
10. San Juan River – 383 miles (616 km)
Last Updated on: May 12, 2017