Deep in the Rocky Mountains, the Continental Divide passes through, effectively separating which rivers ultimately drain to the Atlantic in the East, or the Pacific in the West.
Along this Divide, at 11,314 in elevation, the Berthoud Pass was the travelway of Pioneers from the early 1860’s onward.
Today, an easily accessible parking area leads you to a sign marking the historical, geological, and hydrological significance of the area.
If you are feeling adventurous, take a hike along the Berthoud Pass Trail!
But, let me be the first to warn you, hiking at 11,300 feet in elevation is no simple task!
We were out of breath almost instantly, and it took us much longer to “rest” in between segments.
We didn’t make as much distance as we would have liked, but what we did see was amazing!
So, even if you only get to do a little, definitely do as much as you can!
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