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Picketwire River

Purgatoire River

[pur-guh-twahr, ‐tawr-ee, ‐tohr-ee]
The Purgatoire River is a river in southeastern Colorado, United States. The river is also known locally as the Picketwire River. The Purgatoire River originates at the confluence of the North Fork Purgatoire River and Middle Fork Purgatoire River near Weston in Las Animas County, Colorado, and flows generally east-northeastward approximately to its confluence with the Arkansas River at John Martin Reservoir near Las Animas in Bent County, Colorado. The Purgatoire River drains an area of 8923 square kilometers (3445 sq mi) including 8601 square kilometers (3321 sq mi or 96.4%) in Colorado and 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi or 3.6%) in New Mexico.

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