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"The Continental Divide" Wyoming Off The Beaten Path Tip by la_beba

Wyoming Off The Beaten Path: 44 reviews and 60 photos

The Continental Divide
is the highland in North America that separates the waters flowing into the Atlantic Ocean from those flowing into the Pacific. In the United 5tates and Canada the Great Divide is high in the Rocky Mountains. It crosses New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alberta in Canada. It joins the Height of Land, which separates Pacific and Arctic drainage on the west from Arctic and Atlantic drainage on the east. The Great Divide also runs through Mexico and Central America. Traversing mountainside meadows, granite peaks, and high-desert saddles and through five states, many ecosystems and 12 Congressionally-designated Wilderness Areas, the CDT marks 3,100 miles of America's most dramatic and wild backcountry.
In Wyoming the Red Desert in south central of the state drains neither to the east nor to the west. The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the basin without normal drainage.

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