According to Abbreviationfinder, with population of 5,758,736, Colorado is the 21st largest state among U.S. 50 states, and CO is the two letter abbreviation for Colorado. Here, we provide a list of major rivers and mountains in the state of Colorado.
Rivers in Colorado
The Canadian River is a tributary of the Arkansas River and has a length of approximately 1,458 km. The Canadian River flows through the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. The river’s name came about because the first explorers thought it would originate in Canada. However, the Canadian River originates in the state of Colorado in the mountain range of the Sangre de Cristo Range and flows from there in an easterly direction to its mouth in Oklahoma where it flows into the Arkansas River. In New Mexico the Canadian River flows in the northeast of the state and then flows in Texas through the northern part of the so-called Texas Panhandle. Finally, it flows through the central part of Oklahoma from west to east.
The Cimarron River has a length of approximately 1,123 km and is a tributary of the Arkansas River. The Cimarron River flows through the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma. The name of the river comes from the Spanish and means “Mustang”. The Cimarron River originates at Raton Pass in the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico and flows from there in principle towards its mouth. The state of Colorado flows through the Cimarron River for only about 15 km and then reaches Kansas.
In Kansas, the Cimarron River flows through the Cimarron National Grassland and then the Cimarron Desert. In the Cimarron Desert, the river dries out completely in summer. In Oklahoma, the Cimarron River flows past the southern end of Black Mesa, the highest mountain in Oklahoma. The mouth of the Cimarron River is near the city of Tulsa in Oklahoma in the Keystone Lake in the Arkansas River.
Mountains in Colorado
Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains and the second largest mountain in the USA (after Mount Whitney in California – without Alaska). It is 4,401 m high and, due to its ease of climbing, is probably the most popular mountain in the Rockies. It is located in Lake County in the Sawatch Range.
The Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park reaches a height of up to 4,345 m and is one of the most popular mountains among mountaineers in the region around the Front Range. There is only one route that makes it possible to climb the mountain. If you are expecting it, you should go up at 3 a.m., because the route takes about 7 hours and you have enough time to be on safe ground again before dawn and the thunderstorms that often come in the afternoon.
Like the Longs Peak, the Pikes Peak belongs to the group of fourteeners, meaning the mountains that have reached an altitude of over 14,000 feet. It is also in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, is 4,301 m high and can even be seen from neighboring Kansas on good days. The annual Pikes Peak Marathon takes place over the Barr Trail, which leads up to the summit and down again. Furthermore, the highest rack railway in the world runs from April to December on the peak.
Lakes and Reservoirs in Colorado
Grand Lake is located in the headwaters of the Colorado River in Grand County and is Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake. It is approximately 2.1 km² in size and 80.8 m deep. Rocky Mountain National Park surrounds the lake on three sides; it’s about a mile from the west entrance.
Hanging Lake is located in Glenwood Canyon, 7 miles east of Glenwood Springs. The lake is a popular tourist attraction that can be reached from a small path. It enchants with its crystal clear, turquoise water basin, waterfalls and a picturesque scenery. If you dare to go into the cold water, you can lean back and let your gaze wander over the 20 km long gorge of the canyon.
Blue Mesa Reservoir The
Blue Mesa Reservoir has created the 32 km Blue Mesa Reservoir, which has the largest water supply in all of Colorado. It has 154 km of coastline. The reservoir is located in West Colorado between Gunnison and Montrose in the Curecanti recreation area. With the Chrystal Reservoir and the Morrow Point Reservoir, it forms one of the three reservoirs created by the Gunnison River. Due to its location and moderate climate, Blue Mesa is particularly popular with water sports enthusiasts, anglers and campers, because the temperatures in the high desert are nice and warm in summer.