Down the Colorado: Travels on a Western Waterway


In a 1,400-mile odyssey from the snowfields of Colorado to the deserts of Mexico, Jim Carrier traces the storied river of the American West. With snowshoes, rafts, dories, houseboats, outboards, hiking boots and his trusty Jeep, Carrier, a.k.a. the Denver Post’s “Rocky Mountain Ranger,” explores the characters, conflicts, history, costs and issues of water in the desert West. From its 14,000-foot headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park to its sea-level outlet in the Gulf of California, the Colorado River sustains life in six states and two nations. Through dams, electric generators, pastures, swamps, farms, lakes, lawns and canals, the Colorado is drained to death - literally - used up entirely by the demands of agriculture and urban growth in the Southwest. Poor and rich depend on its waters. They siphon it off, grateful and wasteful, with buckets and pipes, pumps and gates.
The river also provides unequaled recreation, from fishing to white-water rafting. In this itinerant diary, illustrated by 30 maps and produced in a nonstop, season-long journey, Carrier finds unexpected adventures, hidden gems and outrageous characters who bring the river’s story alive.
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Nov 5, 2016
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Science / Environmental Science
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