Plateau Creek (Colorado)

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Plateau Creek
Physical characteristics
Main source 39°25′50″N108°07′36″W / 39.43056°N 108.12667°W / 39.43056; -108.12667
River mouth Confluence with Colorado River
4,770 ft (1,450 m)
39°10′02″N108°16′52″W / 39.16722°N 108.28111°W / 39.16722; -108.28111 Coordinates: 39°10′02″N108°16′52″W / 39.16722°N 108.28111°W / 39.16722; -108.28111
Basin features
Progression Colorado

Plateau Creek is a tributary of the Colorado River, approximately 50 miles (80 km) long, [2] located in western Colorado in the United States. It drains a cattle ranching valley, known as Plateau Valley, north of the Grand Mesa and east of Grand Junction.

Colorado River major river in the western United States and Mexico

The Colorado River is one of the principal rivers in the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The 1,450-mile-long (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican 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.

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Cattle domesticated form of Aurochs

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It rises in northeastern Mesa County, in the Grand Mesa National Forest and descends through a narrow canyon to the northwest, passing north of Vega State Park. It enters the Plateau Valley at Collbran, the largest community in the valley. It flows generally west along the north edge of the Grand Mesa uplands, past Molina. State Highway 330 follows the creek through the valley, crossing it several times. Near the junction of State Highway 330 and State Highway 65 it enters a narrow canyon for the lower 8 miles (13 km), followed by State Highway 65. It joins the Colorado from the east in De Beque Canyon approximately 15 miles (24 km) east of Grand Junction.

Mesa County, Colorado County in the United States

Mesa County is one of the 64 counties of the U.S. state of Colorado. As of the 2010 census, the population was 146,723. The county seat is Grand Junction. The county was named for the many large mesas in the area, including Grand Mesa.

Grand Mesa National Forest

The Grand Mesa National Forest is a U.S. National Forest in Mesa, Delta and Garfield Counties in Western Colorado. It borders the White River National Forest to the north and the Gunnison National Forest to the east. The forest covers most of Grand Mesa and the south part of Battlement Mesa. It has a total area of 346,555 acres. It is managed by the United States Forest Service together with Gunnison National Forest and Uncompahgre National Forest from offices in Delta, Colorado. There are local ranger district offices located in Grand Junction.

Vega State Park

Vega State Park is a 1,823-acre (738 ha) Colorado state park in Mesa County, Colorado in the United States. Vega Reservoir is a fishing destination and is located at an elevation of 7,696 feet (2,346 m). Year-round recreational activities at Vega State Park include boating, hiking, snow mobiling and camping. The park was established in 1967 in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation which was responsible for the construction of Vega Dam and Vega Reservoir.

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References

  1. "Plateau Creek". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed March 18, 2011