Illinois River (Colorado)
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Illinois River in April from SH 14 south of Walden
|Origin||Never Summer Mountains|
|Mouth||Confluence with Michigan
|Mouth elevation||8,022 ft (2,445 m)|
The Illinois River starts in the Never Summer Mountains near the continental divide, just south of Farview Mountain. It descends northward through a winding gorge, emerging into North Park at approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 m) above sea level. It flows northward through the valley as a winding stream, past Rand. It passes under State Highway 14 just southeast of Walden and joins the Michigan from the north just north of Walden. A portion of the valley of the river south of Walden is located within the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.