Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

New section of Continental Divide Trail open at Rocky Mountain National Park

August 15, 2011, 9:28 am

Cross-country adventurers take note: A new section of Continental Divide Trail has opened at Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Continental Divide Trail connects Mexico with Canada through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, following the Continental Divide for most of its journey. It's one of the "triple crown" of north-to-south national scenic trails that also includes the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

The CDT has long threaded through the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, following a roadway for some of the way.

After months of work, National Park Service officials last week dedicated a new 1-mile section of the CDT called the Bowen Connector, which pulls off the trail away from the road as it connects Rocky Mountain National Park with Arapaho National Forest north of Grand Lake.