Near South Fork in Mineral County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Great Divide
With a foot on each side of the bronze line below, you are symbolically straddling the spine of the Western Hemisphere. In North America the Divide follows the crest of the Rocky Mountains, beginning north in Alaska’s Brook Range and continuing through South America to the Strait of Magellan.
Does the Continental Divide affect our lives? You bet!
Spring thaws begin as trickles, grow to gushes, and become torrents, sending water to every part of the continent: west to the Pacific, south to the Gulf of Mexico, east to the Atlantic, and north to Hudson Bay and up to the Arctic. Along the way, water - the building block of life on earth - supports nature and civilization.
Wolf Creek Pass, part of the San Juan Mountain Range, averages an annual snowfall of 460 inches - over 38 feet of snow - the first step in an amazing cycle surrounding nature’s spine.
Location. 37° 28.975′ N, 106° 48.135′ W. Marker is near South Fork, Colorado, in Mineral County. Marker is on U.S. 160 0.2 miles from County Road 402, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Fork CO 81154, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. History of a Road (here, next to this marker); Continental Divide Trail (here, next to this marker).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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