The San Rafael River flows through the spectacular red rock country of the San Rafael Swell in central Utah near the town of Huntington. It contains three fish species (flannelmouth suckers, bluehead sucker and roundtail chub) listed as sensitive because of their greatly reduced range in the Green River and other tributaries of the Colorado River. Dewatering of the river and habitat destruction are possible reasons for the decline of these species. They are being studied in the San Rafael River by a team lead by Dr. Phaedra Budy of Utah State University.
Limnology - the study of inland waters
Photo: 26 May 2013. This photo was taken where Buckhorn Wash enters the river and upstream of the San Rafael River Campground managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).