4 Corners Outdoors Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

4 Corners Outdoors Backpacking, boating, camping, fishing, hiking, kayaking, off-roading, skiing and whitewater rafting in the American Southwest. From near sea level in the Mojave Desert to the 14,000 foot snow covered peaks of the Colorado Rockies the adventures are limitless.

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The Southwestern United States, also known as the American Southwest or simply the Southwest, is a geographic and cultural region of the United States that generally includes Arizona, Colorado New Mexico, and Utah. The geography of the region is mainly made up of four features: the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts, and the Colorado Plateau; although there are other geographical features as well, such as a portion of the Great Basin Desert.

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Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico are the states that make up the Four Corners. Culturally, the region is a combination of Mexican, Mormon, Navajo, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni ancestry. It is a part of the Colorado Plateau, a geological formation responsible for much of the snow and rainfall over the central United States. Citizens of the United States, particularly in this region, have free access to dozens of natural areas.

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Monument Valley and Zion National Park are among the most popular outdoor destinations in the Southwest.

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The two major rivers of the region are the Colorado River, running in the northern and western areas, and the Rio Grande, running in the east, north to south.

The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers (along with the Rio Grande) in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven states. Starting in the central Rocky Mountains of Colorado the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona–Nevada border, where it turns south toward the international border. After entering Mexico, the Colorado approaches the mostly dry Colorado River Delta at the tip of the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora.

The Rio Grande, known in Mexico as the Río Bravo del Norte and as the Río Bravo, is one of the principal rivers (along with the Colorado River) in the southwestern United States. The length of the Rio Grande is 1,896 miles and originates in south-central Colorado and flows to the Gulf of Mexico. The Rio Grande drainage basin has an area of 182,200 square miles however, the confluent river basins that are adjacent to and within the greater drainage of the Rio Grande increase the total drainage-basin area to 336,000 square miles.


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