The Black Muddy River

Posted by on Oct 20, 2008 in Moab | No Comments

Most rivers are confined to the needs and histories of men. Like roads, they seem inconsequential without their travelers. The Colorado is an outlaw. It belongs only to the ancient, eternal earth. As no other, it is savage and unpredictable of mood, peculiarly American in character.

~Frank Waters, The Colorado


  1. Kallas Family
    October 20, 2008

    Hope all is well. It has been a very long time. I enjoy your writing.


  2. Dave Harris
    October 21, 2008

    Some of the details escape me…but the “Colorado” river was once called the Grand river. A better name it seems to me…there are some great sections in CO – like Gore canyon outside of Kremling (I once saw god at the bottom of the river there, I swear…) – but the sections of the big muddy that really captivate the imagination lie in Utah and AZ, and a big chunk of those flows come from the Green.

    So why is the Colorado river then?

    Politik, of course.

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