Colorado River

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This is the largest river in the Southwestern United States, and its headwaters are located in the state of Colorado at La Poudre Pass Lake. The Colorado runs through the U.S. states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Nevada before crossing into Mexico on its way to Baja California. The Navajo name for the river is Nts’ósíkooh, meaning “Slim Water Canyon.” The Colorado River is considered female by the Navajo, and the location where the Colorado River is “mounted” by the (male) San Juan River, at what is now Lake Powell, is sacred to the Navajo.

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"View of the Colorado River from Navajo Bridge, May 26, 2012" by Danny Armstrong is licensed under CC BY.

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