La Plata River (San Juan River tributary)

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La Plata River[1]
La Plata River at Highway 140.JPG
The river as it passes under Colorado State Highway 140 near Breen
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ coordinates37°27′23″N 108°02′04″W / 37.45639°N 108.03444°W / 37.45639; -108.03444
 ⁃ location
Confluence with San Juan
 ⁃ coordinates
36°44′10″N 108°15′06″W / 36.73611°N 108.25167°W / 36.73611; -108.25167Coordinates: 36°44′10″N 108°15′06″W / 36.73611°N 108.25167°W / 36.73611; -108.25167
 ⁃ elevation
5,213 ft (1,589 m)
Basin features
ProgressionSan JuanColorado

La Plata River (Navajo: Tsé Dogoi Ńlíní) is a 70-mile-long (110 km)[2] tributary to the San Juan River in La Plata County, Colorado, and San Juan County, New Mexico, United States. This small river heads at the western foot of Snow Storm Peak in the La Plata Mountains of southwestern Colorado, approximately 35 miles north of the New Mexico state line. It flows in a southerly direction until it joins the San Juan at the western edge of the city of Farmington, New Mexico, about 19 miles south of the Colorado state line.

The Navajo name for the river, Tsé Dogoi Nlini translates as "flowing over projecting rock".[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "La Plata River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  2. ^ "The National Map". U.S. Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved Feb 11, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Linford, Laurance D. (2000). Navajo Places - History, Legend Landscape. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press. ISBN 0-87480-624-0.