The Colorado River and its tributaries wind their way through the South West of the USA, carving spectacular canyons, through ancient sandstone that also forms other magnificent natural monuments.
The Grand Canyon upstream from Lake Mead
The Virgin River joins the Colorado River at Lake Mead, but not before the North Fork passes though the magnificent Zion Canyon.
Virgin River just after it exits the Narrows in Zion Canyon
The Virgin River running south towards the Watchman
Upstream from Lake Mead, and just downstream from Lake Powell, the Colorado snakes its way through the landscape forming arguably the best single vista of its journey, just outside the town of Page....
Also just near Page, centuries of flash flooding have carved narrow canyons that feed the River.
Lower Antelope Canyon
Now dry, ancient meandering rivers once carved Monument Valley, on the border of Arizona and Utah. The remaining buttes make for a spectacular desert landscape.
In eastern Utah, the Colorado River passes the town of Moab, and the beautiful La Sal mountains.
The Colorado River near Moab
La Sal Mountains from Arches National Park
The cliffs formed by the Colorado River form the border of Arches National Park and, along with its tributaries, have carved the magnificent formations of Canyonlands.