Both the Salt and Verde are tributaries of the Gila River and part of the Colorado River Basin. The Salt and Verde rivers, which provide important habitat in a dry region, are key components of the Phoenix area’s water supply and also used to irrigate crops.
The Salt River runs for about 200 miles and begins in Eastern Arizona’s White Mountains, where the White River and Black River merge. The Verde River is nearly as long and begins in Northern Arizona, northwest of Flagstaff.
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