Colorado Chiquito

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The Colorado Chiquito is the Spanish name given to the “Little Colorado River”, a tributary of the Colorado River whose headwaters are in the White Mountains of Arizona. This river primarily drains into the Painted Desert region and the Mogollon Rim. The Little Colorado River is 315 miles in length and is perennial, getting strong year-round flows at its headwaters and intermittent flows elsewhere. This ecologically-rich area has historically been populated by the Apache, Diné, and Hopi peoples.

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"Little Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, 1970," photograph by Karl Kernberger, Karl Kernberger Pictorial Collection (2000-008-0513), Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico. All Rights Reserved. Use with permission only.