This section of the Great Divide Route crosses the Continental Divide at Rawlins, traversing the wide-open spaces of south-central Wyoming. A portion of the route between South Pass City and Rawlins drops into the Great Divide Basin, a conundrum of a region where falling precipitation drains neither east toward the Atlantic Ocean nor west to the Pacific. Rather, it drains only internally, evaporating or flowing into intermittent lakes. Once in Colorado, you'll be in higher altitudes. Steamboat Springs, a well-known resort town, is a good place for a stopover day to restock supplies and visit a bike shop. The route crosses the Colorado River and winds its way over several passes into Silverthorne, also along the TransAmerica Trail.
Current Printed Version: 2011