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Near South Fork in Mineral County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Great Divide

 
 
The Great Divide Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
1. The Great Divide Marker
Inscription. Water! Every drop has a destiny via the continent’s backbone: the Continental 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.
View to the southeast from Lobo Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
2. View to the southeast from Lobo Overlook
Eastern part of Wolf Creek Pass and Wolf Creek Ski Area
At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of a Road (here, next to this marker); Continental Divide Trail (here, next to this marker).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
View to the south from Lobo Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
3. View to the south from Lobo Overlook
The Continental Divide runs south from Lobo Overlook
The US 160 pullout with the markers is at the bottom of the mountain hidden by trees
View to the southwest from Lobo Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 9, 2010
4. View to the southwest from Lobo Overlook
Western part of Wolf Creek Pass
 
 
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 435 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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