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Continental Divide

Thoreau, New Mexico 87312 USA

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“on legendary Route 66”

As you continue your journey from Grants you’ll head on out to through several small villages including Milan, Bluewater, Prewitt and Thoreau before reaching the Continental Divide. Between Milan and nearby Prewitt is an interesting section of the old road as it is quite wide but very seldom used. At intervals, abandoned motels and empty gas stations can be seen along this stretch of the road. When Route 66 was young this was a major carrot-producing area covering thousands of acres. About seven miles beyond Grants you come to what was once the stopping point of Bluewater. Although never much more than a railroad loading station; a trading post, two motels, a café, garage, and gas station once did a brisk business in this tiny hamlet. All that’s left today is the old Bluewater Motel and Allen’s Garage. Both silent now, they attest to the better times along this old chunk of the road. Near the interstate is the Bowlin’s Trading Post and gas station. Now called the Bowlin’s Bluewater Outpost, it’s all modernized today and has no resemblance of what might have stood here in the early days of Route 66.

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Reviewed by
sylvynn

  • 7 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 21, 2014
Rated 3.0

You need to get off at exit 47. If you are heading west towards Gallup, it is the next exit past Thoreau. The sign is a little washed out, but still a neat place to stop.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 485 Reviews
  • 460 Helpful
August 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

Can you say photo op? The store itself is packed with really neat authentic Native American arts and crafts. If you're traveling this portion of RT66, make a stop, because you won't have much else to see for a while.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kira

  • 7 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 28, 2014
Rated 3.0

The Historical Marker is off of exit 47, should say "Continental Divide Exit 47." First right, then first left if you're heading on I-40 East. Pretty neat, not anything fancy.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DeniseAck

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
August 09, 2017
Rated 4.0

Exit 47 signage says Continental Divide. On the north side of highway, so very easy off/on. Beautiful scenery and painted sign explaining the divide. Large lot--easy for RV's to pull into and swing around. Pebbled lot with a small perimeter of scrub grass for your pup.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
trlrated

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

What a cool shop! The owner/manager was very welcoming and Kevin is a sweetheart. ❤️🐾 We bought a few souvenirs and chatted with the manager. Great place to stop along historic Rt. 66.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
coltsgirl29

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 20, 2019
Rated 5.0

Love this place. Great prices, lovely people. Gave us some insight on Indian culture. So glad we stopped.

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Reviewed by
RosieontheRoads

  • 14 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 11, 2019
Rated 1.0

Really isn't anything there just a sign and a store.

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Reviewed by
Joaninha

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 01, 2018

What a letdown! The official sign was nowhere to be seen. There is a store with a "make-up sign", but it was closed. We were very disappointed.

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Reviewed by
marissamueck

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 30, 2017
Rated 1.0

Don’t click the address because it will take you to someone’s driveway :( we didn’t realize it was on the side of the highway until we turned around again so if you want to stop, just look for the yellow building. But also the sign was very faded so we didn’t take any pictures.

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Reviewed by
beatlesgirl16

  • 30 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
December 22, 2017
Rated 3.0

Ok so it’s a fun little place for the signs to take pictures of but the couple shop owners were soooo rude! We got a couple postcards, took our pictures and got out of there.

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Continental Divide

Thoreau, New Mexico
87312 USA

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