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List of rivers of Colorado

 

List of rivers of Colorado

The headwaters of the Arkansas River near Leadville, Colorado

This is a list of streams in the U.S. state of Colorado.

Contents

  • Alphabetical list 1
  • Notes 2
  • Tributary chart 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Alphabetical list

The following alphabetical list includes many important streams that flow through the State of Colorado including all 158 named rivers. Where available, the total extent of the stream's drainage basin[1] is shown after the name. The names of the 17 Colorado rivers with a drainage basin of more than 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 sq mi), about three times the area of Rhode Island are shown in bold.

  1. Adams Fork Conejos River
  2. Alamosa River 383 km2 (148 mi2)
  3. Animas River 3,562 km2 (1,375 mi2)
  4. Apishapa River 2,798 km2 (1,080 mi2)
  5. Arikaree River 4,429 km2 (1,710 mi2)
  6. Arkansas River 478,501 km2 (184,750 mi2)
  7. Aspen Brook
  8. Bear Creek 4,500 km2 (1,737 mi2)
  9. Bear Creek 339 km2 (131 mi2)
  10. Bear River
  11. Beaver Creek 2,939 km2 (1,135 mi2)
  12. Big Dry Creek (Littleton, Colorado)
  13. Big Dry Creek (Westminster, Colorado)
  14. Big Sandy Creek 4,825 km2 (1,863 mi2)
  15. Big Thompson River 2,149 km2 (830 mi2)
  16. Bijou Creek 3,612 km2 (1,395 mi2)
  17. Blue River 1,770 km2 (683 mi2)
  18. Box Elder Creek
  19. Boulder Creek[2] (1,160 km2 (448 mi2)
  20. Cache la Poudre River 4,959 km2 (1,915 mi2)
  21. Canadian River 122,701 km2 (47,375 mi2)
  22. Canadian River
  23. Chalk Creek
  24. Cherry Creek 1,050 km2 (405 mi2)
  25. Chico Creek 1,934 km2 (747 mi2)
  26. Cimarron River 44,890 km2 (17,332 mi2)
  27. Cimarron River
  28. Clear Creek 1,497 km2 (578 mi2)
  29. Colorado River(67,993 km2 (26,252 mi2)
  30. Conejos River 2,078 km2 (802 mi2)
  31. Crow Creek 3,717 km2 (1,435 mi2)
  32. Crystal River
  33. Cucharas River
  34. Culebra Creek
  35. Dolores River 11,998 km2 (4,633 mi2)
  36. Dry Fork Michigan River
  37. Eagle River 2,515 km2 (971 mi2)
  38. East Fork Arkansas River
  39. East Fork Cimarron River
  40. East Fork Eagle River
  41. East Fork Little Cimarron River
  42. East Fork Navajo River
  43. East Fork Piedra River
  44. East Fork Rio Chama
  45. East Fork San Juan River
  46. East Fork South Fork Crystal River
  47. East Mancos River
  48. East River 762 km2 (294 mi2)
  49. Elk River
  50. Encampment River
  51. Fall River
  52. Fall River
  53. First Fork Piedra River
  54. First Fork South Fork Piney River
  55. Florida River
  56. Fountain Creek 2,418 km2 (933 mi2)
  57. Fraser River
  58. Frenchman Creek 7,398 km2 (2,856 mi2)
  59. Fryingpan River
  60. Geneva Creek
  61. Gore Creek
  62. Green River[3][4] (115,903 km2 (44,750 mi2)
  63. Gunnison River[5] (20,851 km2 (8,051 mi2)
  64. Hidden River
  65. Hill Branch Cucharas River
  66. Horse Creek 3,680 km2 (1,421 mi2)
  67. Huerfano River 4,840 km2 (1,869 mi2)
  68. Illinois River
  69. Kettle Creek
  70. Kiowa Creek 1,888 km2 (729 mi2)
  71. La Plata River
  72. Ladder Creek 3,645 km2 (1,407 mi2)
  73. Lake Fork Gunnison River
  74. Laramie River 11,961 km2 (4,618 mi2)
  75. Left Hand Creek
  76. Little Beaver Creek 1,602 km2 (619 mi2)
  77. Little Cimarron River
  78. Little Dolores River
  79. Little Dry Creek
  80. Little Navajo River
  81. Little Snake River 10,629 km2 (4,104 mi2)
  82. Little Thompson River
  83. Lodgepole Creek 8,374 km2 (3,233 mi2)
  84. Lone Tree Creek
  85. Los Pinos River
  86. Mancos River 2,099 km2 (810 mi2)
  87. McElmo Creek 1,842 km2 (711 mi2)
  88. Michigan River
  89. Middle Fork Cimarron River
  90. Middle Fork Conejos River
  91. Middle Fork Elk River
  92. Middle Fork Little Snake River
  93. Middle Fork Piedra River
  94. Middle Fork Purgatoire River
  95. Middle Fork South Arkansas River
  96. Middle Fork South Platte River
  97. Middle Fork Swan River
  98. Middle Mancos River
  99. Montezuma Creek 3,044 km2 (1,175 mi2)
  100. Muddy Creek
  101. Navajo River
  102. North Branch Conejos River
  103. North Fork Animas River
  104. North Fork Apishapa River
  105. North Fork Arikaree River
  106. North Fork Big Thompson River
  107. North Fork Cache la Poudre River
  108. North Fork Canadian River
  109. North Fork Cimarron River 4,462 km2 (1,723 mi2)
  110. North Fork Conejos River
  111. North Fork Crystal River
  112. North Fork Elk River
  113. North Fork Fryingpan River
  114. North Fork Gunnison River 2,492 km2 (962 mi2)
  115. North Fork Little Snake River
  116. North Fork Little Thompson River
  117. North Fork Los Pinos River
  118. North Fork Michigan River
  119. North Fork North Platte River
  120. North Fork Piney River
  121. North Fork Purgatoire River
  122. North Fork Republican River 13,172 km2 (5,086 mi2)
  123. North Fork Rio de los Piños
  124. North Fork Smoky Hill River 1,965 km2 (759 mi2)
  125. North Fork Snake River
  126. North Fork South Arkansas River
  127. North Fork South Platte River
  128. North Fork Swan River
  129. North Fork Vermejo River
  130. North Fork West Branch Laramie River
  131. North Fork West Mancos River
  132. North Fork White River
  133. North Platte River 80,755 km2 (31,180 mi2)
  134. North Saint Charles River
  135. Owl Creek
  136. Parachute Creek
  137. Pawnee Creek 1,875 km2 (724 mi2)
  138. Piceance Creek 1,630 km2 (629 mi2)
  139. Piedra River 1,770 km2 (683 mi2)
  140. Piney River
  141. Plateau Creek
  142. Purgatoire River 8,923 km2 (3,445 mi2)
  143. Quartz Creek
  144. Ralston Creek
  145. Rio Blanco
  146. Rio Chama 8,204 km2 (3,168 mi2)
  147. Rio Chamita
  148. Rio de los Piños
  149. Rio Grande 457,275 km2 (176,555 mi2)
  150. Rio Lado
  151. Rio San Antonio
  152. Roan Creek
  153. Roaring Fork Little Snake River
  154. Roaring Fork River 3,766 km2 (1,454 mi2)
  155. Roaring River
  156. Rush Creek 3,570 km2 (1,378 mi2)
  157. Saguache Creek 3,482 km2 (1,345 mi2)
  158. Saint Charles River
  159. Saint Vrain Creek 2,572 km2 (993 mi2)
  160. San Juan River 64,560 km2 (24,927 mi2)
  161. San Luis Creek 7,000 km2 (2,703 mi2)
  162. San Miguel River 4,060 km2 (1,567 mi2)
  163. Sand Arroyo Creek 1,938 km2 (748 mi2)
  164. Sand Creek (Adams County)
  165. Sand Creek (Colorado Springs)
  166. Sand Creek (Larimer County)
  167. Sidney Draw 1,949 km2 (753 mi2)
  168. Slate River
  169. Smoky Hill River 51,783 km2 (19,994 mi2)
  170. Snake River
  171. South Arkansas River
  172. South Fork Animas River
  173. South Fork Beaver Creek 1,939 km2 (749 mi2)
  174. South Fork Cache la Poudre River
  175. South Fork Canadian River
  176. South Fork Conejos River
  177. South Fork Crystal River
  178. South Fork Cucharas River
  179. South Fork Eagle River
  180. South Fork Elk River
  181. South Fork Fryingpan River
  182. South Fork Huerfano River
  183. South Fork Little Snake River
  184. South Fork Michigan River
  185. South Fork Piney River
  186. South Fork Purgatoire River
  187. South Fork Republican River 7,195 km2 (2,778 mi2)
  188. South Fork Rio Grande
  189. South Fork San Miguel River
  190. South Fork South Platte River
  191. South Fork Swan River
  192. South Fork West Mancos River
  193. South Fork White River
  194. South Platte River 62,738 km2 (24,223 mi2)
  195. Spring Creek
  196. Spruce Creek
  197. Stoner Creek
  198. Swan River
  199. Tarryall Creek
  200. Taylor River 1,258 km2 (486 mi2)
  201. Tomichi Creek 2,874 km2 (1,109 mi2)
  202. Trinchera Creek
  203. Two Butte Creek 2,107 km2 (814 mi2)
  204. Uncompahgre River 2,921 km2 (1,128 mi2)
  205. Vermillion Creek 2,500 km2 (965 mi2)
  206. West Branch Laramie River
  207. West Dolores River
  208. West Fork Animas River
  209. West Fork Cimarron River
  210. West Fork Elk River
  211. West Fork Encampment River
  212. West Fork Little Thompson River
  213. West Fork North Fork Purgatoire River
  214. West Fork Rio Chama
  215. West Fork San Juan River
  216. West Mancos River
  217. White River 12,989 km2 (5,015 mi2)
  218. White Woman Creek 3,000 km2 (1,158 mi2)
  219. Williams Fork (Colorado River)
  220. Williams Fork (Yampa River)
  221. Willow Creek
  222. Wind River
  223. Yampa River 21,506 km2 (8,304 mi2)
  224. Yellow Creek 760 km2 (293 mi2)

Notes

Of the 158 named rivers that flow through the State of Colorado, all but the Green River[3][4] and Cimarron River have their headwaters in that state.

As of February 1, 2008, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names had identified 5,564 natural streams in the State of Colorado. Of this number, 147 larger streams (2.6%) were named river and 11 (0.2%) were named rio. The vast majority of the Colorado streams (5082 or 91.3%) were named creek. Of the remaining Colorado streams, 122 (2.2%) were named arroyo, 60 (1.1%) were named wash, 44 (0.8%) were named fork, 18 (0.3%) were named branch, 17 (0.3%) were named brook, 17 (0.3%) were named run, 15 (0.3%) were named rito, 10 (0.2%) were named slough, but not a single stream was named stream. Perhaps the strangest stream name in Colorado belongs to the West Fork East Fork Williams Fork located in Garfield County.

Many streams in Colorado share a name with another stream in that state. In addition to the Canadian River that is the largest tributary of the Arkansas River, there is also a Canadian River that is a tributary of the North Platte River. In addition to the Cimarron River that is another major tributary of the Arkansas River, there is also a Cimarron River that is a tributary of the Gunnison River. There is a Fall River that is a tributary of the Big Thompson River as well as a Fall River that is a tributary of Clear Creek.

There are 72 streams in the State of Colorado that are named Willow Creek, 71 streams named Spring Creek, 53 streams named Cottonwood Creek, 49 streams named Bear Creek, 49 streams named Beaver Creek, 48 streams named Dry Creek, 33 steams named Rock Creek, 33 streams named Sand Creek, and 32 steams named Mill Creek. The Arkansas River and the Colorado River flow through Colorado, as do a Florida River, an Idaho Creek, an Illinois River, an Indiana Creek, a Maryland Creek, a Michigan River, a Minnesota Creek, six Missouri Creeks, a Montana Creek, two New York Creeks, two Ohio Creeks, two Pennsylvania Creeks, two Tennessee Creeks, seven Texas Creeks, and a Virginia Creek.

Tributary chart

The following tributary chart shows many important streams that flow through the State of Colorado including all 158 named rivers. The chart is arranged by tributary and area of the drainage basin.[1] The names of the 17 Colorado rivers with a drainage basin of more than 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 sq mi) are shown in bold. Oceans and streams outside of Colorado are shown in italics.

Pacific Ocean

  1. Gulf of California
  2. Colorado River
  3. Green River
  4. Yampa River 21,506 km2 (8,304 mi2)
  5. Little Snake River 10,629 km2 (4,104 mi2)
  6. Roaring Fork Little Snake River
  7. Middle Fork Little Snake River
  8. North Fork Little Snake River
  9. South Fork Little Snake River
  10. Williams Fork
  11. Bear River
  12. Elk River
  13. South Fork Elk River
  14. Middle Fork Elk River
  15. North Fork Elk River
  16. White River 12,989 km2 (5,015 mi2)
  17. Piceance Creek 1,630 km2 (629 mi2)
  18. Yellow Creek 760 km2 (293 mi2)
  19. North Fork White River
  20. South Fork White River
  21. Vermillion Creek 2,500 km2 (965 mi2)
  22. upper Colorado River
  23. Gunnison River[5] 20,851 km2 (8,051 mi2)
  24. Uncompahgre River 2,921 km2 (1,128 mi2)
  25. Tomichi Creek 2,874 km2 (1,109 mi2)
  26. Quartz Creek
  27. North Fork Gunnison River 2,492 km2 (962 mi2)
  28. Lake Fork Gunnison River
  29. Taylor River 1,258 km2 (486 mi2)
  30. East River 762 km2 (294 mi2)
  31. Slate River
  32. Cimarron River
  33. Little Cimarron River
  34. East Fork Little Cimarron River
  35. East Fork Cimarron River
  36. Middle Fork Cimarron River
  37. West Fork Cimarron River
  38. Dolores River 11,998 km2 (4,633 mi2)
  39. San Miguel River 4,060 km2 (1,567 mi2)
  40. South Fork San Miguel River
  41. West Dolores River
  42. Rio Lado
  43. Roaring Fork River 3,766 km2 (1,454 mi2)
  44. Crystal River
  45. North Fork Crystal River
  46. South Fork Crystal River
  47. East Fork South Fork Crystal River
  48. Fryingpan River
  49. North Fork Fryingpan River
  50. South Fork Fryingpan River
  51. Eagle River 2,515 km2 (971 mi2)
  52. Gore Creek
  53. East Fork Eagle River
  54. South Fork Eagle River
  55. Blue River 1,770 km2 (683 mi2)
  56. Snake River
  57. North Fork Snake River
  58. Swan River
  59. Middle Fork Swan River
  60. North Fork Swan River
  61. South Fork Swan River
  62. Little Dolores River
  63. Fraser River
  64. Williams Fork
  65. Piney River
  66. North Fork Piney River
  67. South Fork Piney River
  68. First Fork South Fork Piney River
  69. Parachute Creek
  70. Roan Creek
  71. Plateau Creek
  72. Muddy Creek
  73. Willow Creek
  74. San Juan River 64,560 km2 (24,927 mi2)
  75. Animas River 3,562 km2 (1,375 mi2)
  76. Florida River
  77. North Fork Animas River
  78. South Fork Animas River
  79. West Fork Animas River
  80. Montezuma Creek 3,044 km2 (1,175 mi2)
  81. Mancos River 2,099 km2 (810 mi2)
  82. East Mancos River
  83. Middle Mancos River
  84. West Mancos River
  85. North Fork West Mancos River
  86. South Fork West Mancos River
  87. McElmo Creek 1,842 km2 (711 mi2)
  88. Piedra River 1,770 km2 (683 mi2)
  89. First Fork Piedra River
  90. East Fork Piedra River
  91. Middle Fork Piedra River
  92. La Plata River
  93. Navajo River
  94. Little Navajo River
  95. East Fork Navajo River
  96. Los Pinos River
  97. North Fork Los Pinos River
  98. Rio Blanco
  99. East Fork San Juan River
  100. West Fork San Juan River
  101. Atlantic Ocean

    1. Gulf of Mexico
    2. Mississippi River
    3. Missouri River
    4. Platte River
    5. North Platte River 80,755 km2 (31,180 mi2)
    6. Laramie River 11,961 km2 (4,618 mi2)
    7. Sand Creek
    8. West Branch Laramie River
    9. North Fork West Branch Laramie River
    10. Encampment River
    11. West Fork Encampment River
    12. Canadian River
    13. North Fork Canadian River
    14. South Fork Canadian River
    15. Michigan River
    16. Illinois River
    17. North Fork Michigan River
    18. South Fork Michigan River
    19. Dry Fork Michigan River
    20. North Fork North Platte River
    21. South Platte River 62,738 km2 (24,223 mi2)
    22. Lodgepole Creek 8,374 km2 (3,233 mi2)
    23. Cache la Poudre River 4,959 km2 (1,915 mi2)
    24. North Fork Cache la Poudre River
    25. South Fork Cache la Poudre River
    26. Spring Creek
    27. Crow Creek 3,717 km2 (1,435 mi2)
    28. Bijou Creek 3,612 km2 (1,395 mi2)
    29. Beaver Creek 2,939 km2 (1,135 mi2)
    30. Saint Vrain Creek 2,572 km2 (993 mi2)
    31. Boulder Creek 1,160 km2 (448 mi2)[2]
    32. Left Hand Creek
    33. Big Thompson River 2,149 km2 (830 mi2)
    34. Little Thompson River
    35. North Fork Little Thompson River
    36. West Fork Little Thompson River
    37. Fall River
    38. Roaring River
    39. North Fork Big Thompson River
    40. Aspen Brook
    41. Wind River
    42. Spruce Creek
    43. Hidden River
    44. Fish Creek
    45. Sidney Draw 1,949 km2 (753 mi2)
    46. Box Elder Creek
    47. Kiowa Creek 1,888 km2 (729 mi2)
    48. Pawnee Creek 1,875 km2 (724 mi2)
    49. Clear Creek 1,497 km2 (578 mi2)
    50. Ralston Creek
    51. Fall River
    52. Cherry Creek 1,050 km2 (405 mi2)
    53. North Fork South Platte River
    54. Geneva Creek
    55. Middle Fork South Platte River
    56. South Fork South Platte River
    57. Lone Tree Creek
    58. Owl Creek
    59. Tarryall Creek
    60. Sand Creek
    61. Bear Creek 339 km2 (131 mi2)
    62. Big Dry Creek (Littleton, Colorado)
    63. Big Dry Creek (Westminster, Colorado)
    64. Little Dry Creek
    65. Kansas River
    66. Republican River
    67. North Fork Republican River 13,172 km2 (5,086 mi2)
    68. Arikaree River 4,429 km2 (1,710 mi2)
    69. North Fork Arikaree River
    70. Frenchman Creek 7,398 km2 (2,856 mi2)
    71. Sappa Creek
    72. Beaver Creek
    73. South Fork Beaver Creek 1,939 km2 (749 mi2)
    74. Little Beaver Creek 1,602 km2 (619 mi2)
    75. South Fork Republican River 7,195 km2 (2,778 mi2)
    76. Smoky Hill River 51,783 km2 (19,994 mi2)
    77. Ladder Creek 3,645 km2 (1,407 mi2)
    78. North Fork Smoky Hill River 1,965 km2 (759 mi2)
    79. Arkansas River 478,501 km2 (184,750 mi2)
    80. Canadian River 122,701 km2 (47,375 mi2)
    81. Vermejo River
    82. North Fork Vermejo River
    83. Cimarron River 44,890 km2 (17,332 mi2)
    84. North Fork Cimarron River 4,462 km2 (1,723 mi2)
    85. Sand Arroyo Creek 1,938 km2 (748 mi2)
    86. Purgatoire River 8,923 km2 (3,445 mi2)
    87. North Fork Purgatoire River
    88. West Fork North Fork Purgatoire River
    89. Middle Fork Purgatoire River
    90. South Fork Purgatoire River
    91. Huerfano River 4,840 km2 (1,869 mi2)
    92. Cucharas River
    93. Hill Branch Cucharas River
    94. South Fork Cucharas River
    95. South Fork Huerfano River
    96. Big Sandy Creek 4,825 km2 (1,863 mi2)
    97. Rush Creek 3,570 km2 (1,378 mi2)
    98. Horse Creek 3,680 km2 (1,421 mi2)
    99. Apishapa River 2,798 km2 (1,080 mi2)
    100. North Fork Apishapa River
    101. Fountain Creek 2,418 km2 (933 mi2)
    102. Two Butte Creek 2,107 km2 (814 mi2)
    103. Chico Creek 1,934 km2 (747 mi2)
    104. South Arkansas River
    105. Middle Fork South Arkansas River
    106. North Fork South Arkansas River
    107. Saint Charles River
    108. North Saint Charles River
    109. East Fork Arkansas River
    110. Chalk Creek
    111. Bear Creek Basin (endorheic basin)
    112. Bear Creek 4,500 km2 (1,737 mi2)
    113. White Woman Basin (endorheic basin)
    114. White Woman Creek 3,000 km2 (1,158 mi2)
    115. Rio Grande 457,275 km2 (176,555 mi2)
    116. Rio Chama 8,204 km2 (3,168 mi2)
    117. Rio Chamita
    118. East Fork Rio Chama
    119. West Fork Rio Chama
    120. Conejos River 2,078 km2 (802 mi2)
    121. Rio San Antonio
    122. Rio de los Piños
    123. North Fork Rio de los Piños
    124. Middle Fork Conejos River
    125. North Branch Conejos River
    126. North Fork Conejos River
    127. South Fork Conejos River
    128. Adams Fork Conejos River
    129. South Fork Rio Grande
    130. Alamosa River 383 km2 (148 mi2)
    131. Trinchera Creek
    132. San Luis Closed Basin (endorheic basin)
    133. San Luis Creek 7,000 km2 (2,703 mi2)
    134. Saguache Creek 3,482 km2 (1,345 mi2)
    135. See also

      References

      1. ^ a b Gustafson, Daniel L. (2003-01-24). "Hydrologic Unit Project".  
      2. ^ a b Murphy, Sheila F. (2006). State of the watershed: Water quality of Boulder Creek, Colorado ( 
      3. ^ a b The Colorado River originally began at the confluence of the Green River and the Grand River in what is now Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Thus, the namesake river of the State of Colorado did not flow through that state. On July 25, 1921, House Joint Resolution 460 of the 66th United States Congress changed the name of the Grand River to the Colorado River over the objections of the U.S. Geological Survey which noted that the drainage basin of the Green River was more than 70% more extensive than that of the Grand River.
      4. ^ a b The headwaters of the Green River are located in the Wind River Mountains of the State of Wyoming.
      5. ^ a b The Gunnison River Basin is the most extensive river basin exclusively within the State of Colorado.

      External links

      • State of Colorado website
        • Colorado Division of Natural Resources
          • Colorado Water Conservation Board
          • Colorado Division of Water Resources
          • Colorado Geological Survey
            • Major Rivers of Colorado
          • Colorado's Decision Support Systems
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