Virgin River

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The Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado, is shown highlighted on a map of the southwestern United States
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The Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado, is shown highlighted on a map of the southwestern United States

The Virgin River is a tributary of the Colorado River, 200 mi (322 km) long, in the southwestern United States.

It is formed in southwestern Utah, just south of Zion National Park near Springdale, by the confluence of the East Fork Virgin and North Fork Virgin rivers. It flows southwestward, south of St. George, and across the northwestern corner of Arizona, past the town of Littlefield. It enters southern Nevada near the town of Mesquite and empties into the Colorado at the Lake Mead reservoir, approximately 40 mi (64 km) east of Las Vegas. The last 30 miles (48 km) of the river form the north arm of Lake Mead.

The lower valley of the river provides irrigation for the cultivation of cotton, pomegranates, and figs.

See also

Colorado River system
Dams and aqueducts (see US Bureau of Reclamation)
Shadow Mountain Dam | Granby Dam | Glen Canyon Dam | Hoover Dam | Davis Dam | Parker Dam | Palo Verde Diversion Dam | Imperial Dam | Laguna Dam | Morelos Dam | Colorado River Aqueduct | San Diego Aqueduct | Central Arizona Project Aqueduct | All-American Canal | Coachella Canal | Redwall Dam
Natural features
Colorado River | Rocky Mountains | Colorado River Basin | Grand Lake | Sonoran desert | Mojave desert | Imperial Valley | Colorado Plateau | Grand Canyon | Glen Canyon | Marble Canyon | Paria Canyon | Gulf of California/Sea of Cortez | Salton Sea
Tributaries
Dirty Devil River | Dolores River | Escalante River | Gila River | Green River | Gunnison River | Kanab River | Little Colorado River | Paria River | San Juan River | Virgin River
Major reservoirs
Fontenelle Reservoir | Flaming Gorge Reservoir | Taylor Park Reservoir | | Navajo Reservoir | Lake Powell | Lake Mead | Lake Havasu
Dependent states
Arizona | California | Colorado | Nevada | New Mexico | Utah (See: Colorado River Compact)
Designated areas
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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