The Eisenhower Tunnel, Colorado

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The Eisenhower Tunnel, Colorado

Elevation: Approximately 11,250 Feet

Nearest Towns West Of Divide: Silverthorne

Nearest Towns East of Divide: Silver Plume, Georgetown

River/Watersheds West Of Divide: Straight Creek, Blue River, Colorado River

River/Watersheds East Of Divide: Clear Creek, South Platte River,Platte River, Missouri River, Mississippi River

The two top photos are of each side of the Eisenhower Tunnel as I approached it on Interstate 70.Although there is no official marker that I know of, the Eisenhower Tunnel is part of the Continental Divide and goes through a mountain ridge to get to the other side. Before it was built in the 1970s, most motorists traveled over the divide at Loveland Pass via State Highway 6. If you've ever explored the area, you know the Eisenhower Tunnel made travel from the western slope and eastern slope much more convenient.



Directly above is the view heading westbound into the tunnel; The snowy photo above was taken heading eastbound. Where the exact high point is in the road is anyone's guess. ;)



One photo inside the tunnel.

Related Links

Interstate 70 in Colorado - Some photos of a drive along Interstate 70 in Colorado.

Loveland Ski Area - A ski area close to and east of the Eisenhower Tunnel.

Mt. Sniktau - A popular 13er mountain hike; the trailhead is at nearby Loveland Pass.



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