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Geography of the Virgin River Basin

The Virgin River Basin, located in the northwestern-most part of the planning area is 434 square miles in area.  Geographic features and principal communities are shown on Figure 6.6-1.  The basin is characterized by mountains and a broad valley west of the mountains. Vegetation is primarily Mohave desertscrub with smaller areas of Great Basin desertscrub, Great Basin conifer woodland, interior chaparral and a small area of Rocky Mountain and madrean montane conifer forest. (See Figure 6.0-11)  Riparian vegetation along the Virgin River is predominantly tamarisk.

Principal geographic features shown on Figure 6.6-1 are:

  • The Virgin River running from the northeast to southwest and the lowest point at 1,600 feet where the river exits the basin

  • Virgin and Beaver Dam Mountains in the center of the basin

  • Mt. Bangs on the southern basin boundary, the highest point in the basin at 8,012 feet

 

 

 

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Click for Figure 6.6-1 Virgin River Basin Geographic Features

 

 

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