True or False? The name Colorado River originated from the Spanish word for red.
True! The Colorado River used to look red prior to the construction of Glen Canyon Dam. After the dam was constructed, the sandstone silt was trapped behind the dam and the river no longer looks red.
BONUS: Did you know the Colorado River is nicknamed the “River of Law”? The Colorado River is aptly named because it is one of the mostly highly controlled and legally disputed rivers in the world. Read on for more history behind the Colorado River.