HomeChapter 1: History of the ColoradoChapter 2: Needles AreaChapter 3: On the Road - Needles to BlytheChapter 4: Blythe areaChapter 5: On the Road - Blythe to MexicoChapter 6: Yuma AreaChapter 7: On the Road - Yuma to Lake Havasu CityChapter 8 - Lake Havasu CityChapter 9 - Lake Havasu City to Topock AZContact Us

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The Colorado River starts in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and empties into the Gulf of California.  Its' 1,450 miles of length within the US make it the seventh longest river behind the Missouri, Mississippi, Yukon, Rio Grande, St. Lawrence and Arkansas rivers.  The river drains an area covering 242,000 square miles in the US.  The Colorado and its tributaries accept water from southwestern Wyoming and western Colorado, parts of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and California, and almost all of Arizona.  Three-fourths of the Basin is National Forest, National Park or Indian Reservation.  The northern sections of the river get all the attention because of the carving of some of the most spectacular natural wonders on the planet.  The southern 200 miles rarely gets notice from an aesthetic standpoint, but this part of the river holds no less fascination for the adventurous.  From ghost towns to wilderness, boating to wildlife viewing, camping to rock hounding, the southern Colorado River has it all.


This travelogue will explore the Lower Colorado in two Sections, the California side from Needles to the Mexican border north to south, and the Arizona side from Yuma and back to Needles south to north.  Along the way we will visit and explore areas of vast solitude, kick around the remains of ghost towns, travel old highway routes, explore the communities, and enjoy spectacular scenery. 


The primary focus for the reader is the Colorado River, but we will venture out several miles from the water to highlight camping, RV resorts, and recreational opportunities such as fishing and boating, hiking and rock climbing, or just enjoying the solitude.


For the kayaking and canoeing enthusiasts, a table at the end of each chapter will list river miles from points north and south of locations along the river.


Interwoven between the chapters is information on endangered plants and animals of the area, the environmental impact of damming, and more.


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