Along the Great Divide
Story and images by Jonathan & Roseann Hanson
Picture a route two and a half thousand miles long, stretching from Mexico to Canada, traversing Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, with elevations from 4,000 feet to a cloud-scraping 13,000 feet.
The path criss-crosses a single geologic feature that rules over most of the North American continent, influencing weather, determining which oceans receive the outflows of thousands of watercourses, creating and dividing habitats—and offering spectacular views to those who challenge its heights.
This is the legendary Continental Divide, also known as the Great Divide.
So remote and inspiring is the route that Land Rover chose it as a challenge for the North American introduction of the Range Rover in 1989, when six Range Rovers became the first vehicles to complete the entire journey.
Main banner: Sunset over the Colorado Rockies and the Great Divide, from Hartsel, Colorado; our Tacoma and Four Wheel Camper getting its feet muddy, Routt National Forest, Colorado; pronghorn on the way up Hoosier Pass, Colorado; watching the clouds, Dillon Reservoir, Colorado.