Continental Divide

(Thoreau to Crownpoint NM)
Normally going across the Continental Divide is nothing special. Not even elevation is anything noteworthy. In fact a few days prior, I had crossed the divide with nary a thought about it.

NM-371 Continental Divide

Continental Divide – Red Bluff

This time it was different. Driving on NM-371 between the towns of Thoreau and Crownpoint I just had to stop for photos; several times. The scenery was outstanding! Of course, it is hard for me to pass up cliffs, rock formations, and towering mesa.

NM-371 Continental Divide

Side of Mesa

NM-371 Continental Divide


Red rock bluffs were seen heading north out of town, and large mesas loomed in the distance. At one point, snow capped Mount Taylor was visible to the east. I became optimistic about gaining the summit.

NM-371 Continental Divide

Distant Mesa

NM-371 Continental Divide

Rock Formation

Cresting at 7,560ft there was a large pullout. However, the best views were further along the road with lesser pull off spots. Still, I couldn’t resist trying to get some good shots. The splendor of the scenes never seems to translate however.

Camp: Bisti Badlands lot-BLM boondock
Scene: Desert, mesas, cliffs, mountains

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2 Responses to Continental Divide

  1. Richard Rousseau June 19, 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    Great pictures of the bluffs. Like yourself we didn’t even think of the Divide until we passed the sign as we drove by on I-40. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

    • Pleinguy June 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

      Luckily, I was going in that direction; otherwise, I too would have missed the great scenery.

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