Road Trip – Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide

Loveland PassThe weather in Colorado had been unseasonably warm during November, thus my Gene and I decided to take advantage of the calm weather and took a little road trip. We ended up visiting the Dillon Reservoir and Loveland Pass on the Continental Divide. For those of you who don’t know, I wanted to share that Loveland Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 11,990 feet in the Rocky Mountains of north-central Colorado. The pass is named for William A.H. Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad and a resident of Golden during the late 19th century. 

It is so beautiful up there, and you feel like you are on top of the world. The drive was amazing and we enjoyed driving through the ski towns before it got crazy with all the skiers and snowboarders. Loveland Ski Area is located at the east side of the pass, and Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) is on the west side.

Like I said earlier, Loveland Pass is on the Continental Divide and wanted to share a little about the Continental Divide. Every continent except for Antarctica has a continental divide. Continental divides separate one drainage basin from another. They are used to define the direction that an area’s rivers flow and drain into the oceans and seas. The Continental Divide in the Americas is the line that divides the flow of water between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. Rain or snow that drains on the east side of the Continental Divide flows toward the Atlantic Ocean. Precipitation on the west side drains and flows toward the Pacific Ocean. We had a great time driving around and stopping to take some pictures of the breathtaking views. However, be advised that roads have a lot of curves without guard rails and with steep grades. Just take your time and enjoy the amazing views. We sure did.


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2 comments on “Road Trip – Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide
  1. Hi Diane. Thank you for the great message. I am glad you enjoy my blog 🙂 Sorry the altitude is an issue for you. I have a few friends that can’t do it either very well. Glad you get to enjoy it as much as you do. I really look forward to being able to visit the Dillon Resv again this spring and summer. Thanks again for your nice message. Have a great weekend.

  2. Great day to travel over the Loveland Pass the blue sky and clouds are so beautiful! I have been over the pass a number of times but can\’t stay that high too long since I get altitude sickness. One of my favorite spots is Sapphire Point on Dillon Res until they cut most of the pines down due to the destructive pine aphid. I enjoy your blog so much I have been many places you wrote about but too darn lazy to post anything more then pictures…happy travels!

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