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The Continental Divide of the U.S.

Independence Pass, Colorado 81210 USA

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“across the great divide”

The Continental Divide of the Americas, or the Great Divide, runs though all of North America. This divide separates all the water that runs toward the Pacific Ocean from the water that runs toward the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. The Great Divide starts at Cape Prince of Wales in western Alaska. It runs through western Canada and the United States through the Rocky Mountains, then through the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains in Mexico. This particular section of the Continental Divide is found along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a ten mile trail between Bakerville and Loveland. The Continental Divide of the Americas (also known as the Continental Gulf of Division, the Great Divide, or merely the Continental Divide) is the principal, and largely mountainous, hydrological divide of the Americas. The Continental Divide extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan, and separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific Ocean from (1) those river systems that drain into the Atlantic Ocean (including those that drain into the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea), and (2) along the northernmost reaches of the Divide, those river systems that drain into the Arctic Ocean. Though there are many other hydrological divides in the Americas, the Great Divide is by far the most prominent of these because it tends to follow a line of high peaks along the main ranges of the Rocky Mountains and Andes, at a generally much higher elevation than the other hydrological divisions.

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Reviewed by
CurlyGirlMom

  • 9 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
September 24, 2014
Rated 1.0

As far as I could tell there's no car access to the Continental Divide at this point.... we passed under it in a tunnel.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
homeschoolingmom

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
September 03, 2018
Rated 1.0

The map the app gives does not lead to the correct place. Please fix this.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
John P Snow

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 09, 2019
Rated 1.0

If you are driving 70, the point that Roadtrippers takes you to has nothing at it along the road. I'm not sure what the issue is, but there was nothing along the road that we could find that indicated the CD. Bummer.

1 person found this review helpful

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legitburn

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 08, 2016
Rated 5.0

If you go online there is a reply to the comment above about a road that they should have taken

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The Continental Divide of the U.S.

Independence Pass
Colorado
81210 USA

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