Southwest Regional Work

Elk Crossing River, Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, (Colorado River), CO  | Matt Inden/Miles, Colorado Tourism Office

Elk Crossing River,  Estes Park, CO | Matt Inden/Miles, Colorado Tourism

In the arid Southwest, water is life. American Rivers has a strong track record of advocating for the rivers that are so vital to this region’s environment, economy, and quality of life.

We led the effort to remove an outdated dam on Arizona’s Fossil Creek, and are now leading the call for Wild and Scenic designation to protect the creek’s beautiful flowing waters.

The Colorado River is America’s Most Endangered River for 2013. Learn more about the threats to this iconic river and take action. Through our annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report we have spotlighted threats and helped achieve solutions on the Colorado River and the Rio Grande, as well as on Arizona’s Gila, San Pedro and Verde rivers, Colorado’s Gunnison, and Utah’s Uinta.

Colorado River

The Colorado River is one of our nation’s, and the world’s, greatest natural treasures. American Rivers and our partners are working to improve water management in the basin, promote water conservation and efficiency, and protect the river’s flows to ensure a healthy sustainable river for the benefit of people reliant on the river as well as the resiliency of the Colorado Basin ecosystem. Read more»

Yampa River

The Yampa River in northwest Colorado is the last major free flowing river in the Colorado River Basin. Its flows change with the seasons and it carries important sediments and nutrients downstream into the Green River. Because of wild nature, the Yampa and its canyons provide refuge for endangered species and offer unparalleled recreational opportunities. Read more»

  • Grand Canyon Desert View


    Grand Canyon Desert View

  • Colorado River Sunset


    Colorado River Sunset

  • Colorado River Horseshoe



    Colorado River Horseshoe

  • Colorado River Levels

    Lew Wilson

    Colorado River Levels

  • Elk Crossing River, Rocky Mountain National Park

    Matt Inden-Miles

    Elk Crossing River, Rocky Mountain National Park