- Virgin River
The Virgin River is a nearly 160 mile (322 km) long tributary of the Colorado River in the southwestern
The river is home to the
Virgin spinedace, "Lepidomeda mollispinus", a type of minnow, and the Virgin River desert sucker, "Catostomus clarkii utahensis".
Water in the river's lower valley provides irrigation for the cultivation of
cotton, pomegranates, and figs.
It begins in Southwestern
Utah, at the Navajo Reservoir in the Dixie National Forest, north of Zion National Parknear Springdale, and is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Virgin, that flows through Mount Carmel Junction on the east side of Zion National Parkand Parunaweap Canyon, with the North Fork Virgin River, that flows from Navajo Lake through Zion National Park. The river flows in a southwesterly direction, passing south of the old townsite of St. George where the Santa Clara River joins the Virgin at a place the Paiutescalled Tonaquint. The river then flows across the northwestern corner of Arizonathrough the Virgin River Gorgeand past the towns of Beaver Dam and Littlefield. It enters southern Nevadanear the town of Mesquite and empties into the Colorado at the Lake Meadreservoir, approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of Las Vegas. The last 30 miles (48 km) of the Virgin River forms the north arm of Lake Mead.
Virgin River Gorge
Virgin River Gorgeis in northwest Arizona just south of the Utah state line. It is a popular winter rock climbingarea noted for its steep and overhanging limestone walls. Interstate 15 follows the Virgin River for several miles through the Virgin River Gorge.
*Carlson, D.D. and D.F. Meyer. (1995). "Flood on the Virgin River, January 1989, in Utah, Arizona, and Nevada" [Water-Resources Investigations Report 94-4159] . Salt Lake City: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Hereford, R., G. Jacoby, and V.A.S. McCord. (1995). "Geomorphic history of the Virgin River in the Zion National Park area, southwest Utah" [U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-515] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Langenheim, V.E. et al. (2000). "Geophysical constraints on the Virgin River Depression, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona" [U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-407] . Menlo Park, CA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Wilkowske, C.D., V.M. Heilweil, D.E. Wilberg. (1998). "Selected hydrologic data for the central Virgin River basin area, Washington and Iron counties, Utah, 1915-97" [U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-407] . Salt Lake City: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
List of Utah rivers
List of Nevada rivers
List of Arizona rivers
* [http://www.zionnational-park.com Zion National Park]
* [http://www.interstate50th.org/history/2006-12-14.shtml Picture of I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge]
* [http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Arizona/Northern/Virgin_River_Gorge VRG at Rockclimbing dot com]
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