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By: Stan Usinowicz

OLondon Bridge in a rare early morning fog.
Photo by: Stan Usinowicz

Over the years, the Colorado River has become a gigantic welcome mat, inviting visitors to towns along the Colorado River Lower Basin. The Colorado River, that once ran red and unregulated, is spawned in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and flows 1,450 miles through five U.S. states and two states in Mexico, eventually reaching the Sea of Cortez with whatever water remains after legal allocations along the way.

With the arrival of U.S. settlers in the 1840s and the explorations that followed, the river where we now live has been tamed, dammed and diverted for farming, ranching, hydroelectric power, municipal uses, and for drinking water.

The dams – Hoover is best known, and there’s Glen Canyon, controversial because of the scenic beauty and rock arches it submerged. Parker, Davis, Headgate, Imperial – they followed, with impoundments that became lakes that became recreational magnets.

Put a dam on a river and the next thing you know, you’ve got a lake filling up behind it. What follows are fishermen and boaters, high–performance machines, skiers and wakeboarders, kayakers and standup paddleboarders. It’s the ideal playground - during the summer and winter. When it’s snowy and blustery in other parts of the country, the pleasant climate serves as a magnet for visitors. RVs, campers, and fifth-wheels pulling off-road vehicles are lured to the vast desert.


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