Near Aspen in Pitkin County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Continental Divide
Top left: Lake Creek The Grizzly Tunnel (right) brings water from the Roaring Fork and Lincoln Creek drainages under the Continental Divide to Lake Creek, the source of Twin Lakes. Changes in flow due to diversions has damaged both Lincoln and Lake Creeks. Photos: Mark Fuller
Bottom left: Roaring Fork River The Roaring Fork River is the second-largest tributary to the Colorado River in the State with some of its flow diverted east under the Continental Divide through the Twin Lakes Diversion
Middle: The broad reach of the divide The Continental Divide is a geographic designation that runs along the highest points between Alaska and Argentina, separating the Atlantic and the Pacific watersheds. The land in North America west of the Divide drains to the Pacific Ocean while the land east of the Divide drains to the Atlantic Ocean.
Right: The snow fence experiment In the mid-1960s, tons of snowfence were deposited and built around the Pass in an experiment to capture more winter snows and thereby increase water for runoff. The experiment failed and the snowfence was abandoned on the ridges surrounding the Pass. The Independence Pass Foundation led a successful effort to remove the debris which was smothering out tundra plants and had been a hazard to hikers and skiers. Photo: Mark Fuller
Erected by The Independent Pass Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 39° 6.497′ N, 106° 33.835′ W. Marker is near Aspen, Colorado, in Pitkin County. Marker is on Colorado 82, on the left when traveling west. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Almont CO 81210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Travel Over the Pass (here, next to this marker); The Environment (here, next to this marker); Restoring the "Top Cut" (approx. 1.3 miles away); Independence Pass Foundation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Welcome to the Ghost Town of Independence (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Welcome to the Ghost Town of Independence (approx. 2.1 miles away); Independence Townsite (approx. 2.1 miles away); Tent City (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aspen.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 16, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.