The 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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