I have always been interested by the Continental Divide, sometimes referred to as the "Great Divide" of North America.The idea of a high point that seperates major watersheds and river systems isintriguing. At Monarch Pass in Colorado, for example, I could spit on the eastern side of the divide knowing that glob would theoretically flow down to theArkansas River, then the Mississippi River and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. A spit on the west side would lead to the Gunnison River and then the Colorado River before flowing into the Pacific Ocean.The Continetal Divide kind of serves as the opposite point of the ocean; it is the backbone of a continent.

Now let me clarify definitions. As noted in the right photo,various continental divides exist in North America. The "Eastern Divide" seperates watersheds that flow to the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico respectively. The Northern Divide seperates the continent from north to south and the St. Lawrence Seaway Divide in the northeast USA and eastern Canada is sometimes noted on more sophisticated maps. For this website, I define the "Great Divide" as the Continental Divide.

Tincup PassAh and let's not forget closed basins - areas in which water drains into the ground instead of flowing down a river. The Great Basin in Nevada is the most noteable example. Also, ina section of land in southwest Wyoming, the Continental Divide splits, creating a basin between it.

During the settlement days, mountains were frequently viewed as pesky obstacles to pass en route to destinations. Hence, the term "pass" was used as thethe most passable point (usually the lowest point) on a ridgeto cross a mountain range. Today our scenic Rocky Mountains are viewed much differently, but the need to get over mountain ranges to various points will always exist!

I created this website to give me an excuse to intentionally visit as many spots as possible along the Continental Divide. Definitely enjoy my photo collections below!Since I live in Colorado, many photos were taken right here in the Centennial State, but I look forward to visiting New Mexico,Wyoming, Montana, Canada and elsewhere. Thank you for visiting!

-Steve

Buena Vista, Colorado

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The Continental Divide (photo: A view of the various divides in North America. The photo is placedon Wikipedia and can be viewed here.)

Continental Divide

Unnamed Peak ~Two Miles South of Cottonwood Pass, Colorado HomeUnnamed Peak ~Two Miles South of Cottonwood Pass, ColoradoAltitude: 12,792 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Almont, Gunnison, Crested ButteNearest Towns East Of Divide: Buena VistaRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Cow Creek, Willow Creek, Taylor River, Gunnison River, Colorado RiverRive...

Mt. Kreutzer, CO

Mt. Kreutzer, Colorado HomeMt. Kreutzer, ColoradoAltitude: Approximately 13,095 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Tincup, Almont, GunnisonNearest Towns East Of Divide: Buena VistaRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Unknown Tributary Creek, Taylor River, Gunnison River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: South Cottonwood Creek, Cottonwood ...

Craig Pass, Wyoming

Craig Pass, Wyoming HomeCraig Pass, WyomingAltitude: 8,262 feetNearest Towns On West Side Of Divide: Colter Bay, WyomingNearest Towns On East Side of Divide: West Yellowstone, IdahoRiver/Watersheds On West Side Of Divide: De Lacy Creek, Lewis River, Snake River, Columbia RiverRiver/Watersheds On East Side Of Divide: Firehole River, Madison River, Mi...

Turner Peak

Unnamed Pass Near Turner Peak, Colorado HomeUnnamed Pass Near Turner Peak, ColoradoAltitude: Approximately 12,000 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Almont, Gunnison, Crested ButteNearest Towns East Of Divide: Buena VistaI hiked to Turner Peak (alt. 13,232 feet), the peak on the right in the photo above. I started at Cottonwood Pass and hiked along t...

Monarch Pass, Colorado

Monarch Pass, Colorado HomeMonarch Pass, ColoradoElevation: 11,312 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: GunnisonNearest Towns East Of Divide: Poncha SpringsRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Agate Creek, Tomichi Creek, Gunnison River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: West Arkansas River, Arkansas River, Mississippi RiverMonarch Pass is in...

Hagerman Pass

Hagerman Pass, Colorado HomeHagerman Pass, ColoradoElevation: 11,925 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: BasaltNearest Towns East Of Divide: LeadvilleRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Ivanhoe Creek, Fryingpan River, Roaring Fork River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: Glacier Creek, Lake Fork (including Turquoise Lake), Arkansas River, ...

Berthoud Pass, Colorado

Berthoud Pass, Colorado HomeBerthoud Pass, ColoradoElevation: 11,307 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Winter ParkNearest Towns East of Divide: EmpireRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: Fraser River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Clear Creek, South Platte River,Platte River, Missouri River, Mississippi RiverThe marker at Berthoud Pass....

Cottonwood Pass, Colorado

Cottonwood Pass, Colorado HomeCottonwood Pass, ColoradoAltitude: 12,126 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Almont, Gunnison, Crested ButteNearest Towns East Of Divide: Buena VistaRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Pass Creek, Taylor River, Gunnison River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: Cottonwood Creek, Arkansas River, Mississippi Riv...

Eisenhower Tunnel

The Eisenhower Tunnel, Colorado HomeThe Eisenhower Tunnel, ColoradoElevation: Approximately 11,250 FeetNearest Towns West Of Divide: SilverthorneNearest Towns East of Divide: Silver Plume, GeorgetownRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: Straight Creek, Blue River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Clear Creek, South Platte River,Platte River...

Emma Burr Mountain, CO

Emma Burr Mountain, Colorado HomeEmma Burr Mountain, ColoradoAltitude: Approximately 13,544 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Tincup, Almont, GunnisonNearest Towns East Of Divide: Buena VistaRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Unknown Tributary Creek, Taylor River, Gunnison River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: South Cottonwood Creek,...

Continental Divide

State Highway 12 In New Mexico (Near Aragon, NM) HomeState Highway 12 In New Mexico (Near Aragon, NM)Altitude: 7,312 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: AragonNearest Towns East of Divide: Horse SpringsIn February 2008, one day I cycled from Reserve to Datil, a 68 mile distancealong State Highway 12 in Catron County.This ride was part of my overall jo...

Hoosier Pass, Colorado

Hoosier Pass, Colorado HomeHoosier Pass, ColoradoAltitude: 11,542 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Blue River, BreckenridgeNearest Towns East of Divide: Alma, FairplayRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: Blue River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Middle Fork South Platte River, South Platte River,Platte River, Missouri River, Mississipp...

Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass, Colorado HomeIndependence Pass, ColoradoElevation: 12,095 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: AspenNearest Towns East of Divide: Twin LakesRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: Roaring Fork River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Lake Creek, Arkansas River, Mississippi RiverThe drive over Independence Pass from Twin Lakes (...

Interstate 10 in New Mexico

Interstate 10 In New Mexico HomeInterstate 10 In New MexicoAltitude: 4,585 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: LordsburgNearest Towns East of Divide: DemingIn 2007, I started at Truth or Consequences, NM and was en route to Tucson, Arizonavia Interstate 10 in New Mexico.I was heading westbound between the towns of Deming and Lordsburg whenI approached...

Loveland Pass

Loveland Pass, Colorado HomeLoveland Pass, ColoradoAltitude: 11,990 FeetNearest Towns West Of Divide: KeystoneNearest Towns East of Divide: GeorgetownRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: North Fork Snake River, Snake River, Blue River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Clear Creek, South Platte River,Platte River, Missouri River, Mississipp...

Fremont Pass, Colorado

Fremont Pass, Colorado HomeFremont Pass, ColoradoElevation: 11,318 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Copper MountainNearest Towns East of Divide: LeadvilleRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: Tenmile Creek, Blue River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Arkansas River, Mississippi RiverConsidering how often I've driven over Fremont Pass, I r...

North Cochetopa Pass, Colorado

North Cochetopa Pass, Colorado HomeNorth Cochetopa Pass, ColoradoAltitude: 10,149 FeetNearest Towns West Of Divide: Doyleville, GunnisonNearest Towns East Of Divide: SaguacheRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: West Pass Creek, Cochetopa River, Gunnison River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: East Pass Creek, Saguache Creek, Rio GrandeNo...

Twining Peak, Colorado

Twining Peak, Colorado HomeTwining Peak, ColoradoElevation: 13,711 FeetNearest Towns West Of Divide: AspenNearest Towns East Of Divide: Twin LakesRivers/Watersheds West Of Divide: Roaring Fork River, Colorado RiverRivers/Watersheds East Of Divide: Lake Creek, Arkansas River, Mississippi RiverIn June 2009, I hiked to the summit of Twining Peak, locat...

Independence Pass, Colorado

Independence Pass, Colorado HomeIndependence Pass, ColoradoElevation: 12,095 feetNearest Towns West Of Divide: AspenNearest Towns East of Divide: Twin LakesRiver/Watersheds West Of Divide: Roaring Fork River, Colorado RiverRiver/Watersheds East Of Divide: Lake Creek, Arkansas River, Mississippi RiverThe drive over Independence Pass from Twin Lakes (...