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2014 Year in Review: Google maps Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park

A portion of the Colorado River. Photo/WGCN

A portion of the Colorado River. Photo/WGCN

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Thanks to Google Maps, a rafting trip across the Colorado River is now as simple as firing up your laptop.

In March, the popular search engine, partnered with nonprofit organization, American River and launched the virtual rafting journey to increase public understanding of water and river issues, according to the Associated Press.

American Rivers has labeled the Colorado River as the country's most endangered river.

Users can now travel along almost 300 miles of the Grand Canyon's treasured water source, starting from Lees Ferry and finishing at Pearce Ferry.

The Colorado River's Google street map view option joins the Taj Mahal and the Base Camp at Mt. Everest as places online adventurers can explore.

"We hope this inspires viewers to take an active interest in preserving it," Google's Karin Tuxen-Bettman told the Associated Press.

In 2013, Google released street view of Grand Canyon hiking trails. The Canyon was the first to receive street views with Google's state-of-the-art tracker camera system, which allows crews to document images only available to hikers.

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