Colorado River History

The Colorado River was once called the Grand River, and nearly 100 years ago, on July 25, 2012, Congressman Edward Taylor helped to persuade Congress to officially change the river’s name to what it is now. As Taylor stated of the Grand River, it is "a meaningless misnomer because practically everything in Colorado is grand."

 Spanish in origin for "colored red," Colorado received its name because of its red sandstone soil. The Colorado River flows over 1,400 miles southwest through Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California, with the mouth of the river emptying into the Gulf of California.