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10 Longest Rivers in Colorado

Some amazing facts about rivers in the vivid landscapes of Colorado.
Anuja Agarwal Aug 21, 2019

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Rivers in Colorado

Colorado is blessed with mountains, forests, canyons, plateaus and rivers. The rivers in Colorado earn the credit of bringing the economic development of the place.

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1. Rio Grande

The big and furious river is the largest draining area of about 1,82,000 square miles. Rafting is one of the major attractions at Rio Grande.

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2. Arkansas River

The second longest, it is one of the main branches of River Mississippi. The river is one of the best Wild Brown trout habitats in Colorado.

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3. Colorado River

The third longest river of Colorado is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. Horseshoe bend is another famous spot on the river.

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4. Canadian River

One of the longest branches of Arkansas River got its name from explorers who thought it flowed into Canada. Wagon bridge is one of the top attractions at the river.

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5. Green River

The large, deep, powerful river is a tributary to Colorado. Black Dragon Canyon trail, Little Wild Horse & Bell Canyon trail and Crystal Geyser are the top attractions on the river.

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6. North Platte River

The river travels through Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska and is a major tributary of the Platte River. Go canoeing, kayaking or rafting on the North Platte River.

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7. Cimarron River

It is 1,123 km long. This 'River of the Wild Sheep' canyon is famous spot for hiking, picnicking, fishing and sightseeing.

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8. Smoky Hill River

The 560 mile long river flows through Colorado and Kansas. The river is an ideal place to enjoy the nature. You can also enjoy great music, food, exhibits and creative work of talented artists at the Smoky Hill River festival near the river.

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9. South Platte River

Located in southeast passing through the 50 miles of Platte Canyon, Colorado South Platte River is a famous fishing spot and boasts the world's tallest dam, the Cheeseman Dam!

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10. San Juan River

The River flows through Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. Admire the beauty of nature while rafting on this river, which passes through S-shaped canyons of over 1,000 ft.