Continental Divide Marker

Continental Divide, New Mexico

New MexicoRoadside Attraction

As you’re traveling Route 66 through New Mexico, look for this unusual roadside historical marker celebrating an even more unusual phenomenon: the Continental Divide Marker in New Mexico.

New Mexico, a state renowned for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural heritage, is home to one of nature’s more fascinating wonders—the Continental Divide. The Continental Divide is a natural topographic line that separates the watersheds of North America. In simple terms, it determines whether water flows towards the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean. Rain and snow that fall on one side of the divide will eventually make their way to either the Pacific Ocean, while precipitation on the other side will flow towards the Atlantic Ocean.

Find a road marker in Continental Divide, New Mexico that marks the spot. The road sign, which was erected by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, reads:

Continental Divide
Elevation-7,295 feet
Rainfall divides at this point. To the west it drains into the Pacific Ocean to the east into the Atlantic.

Across the way from the historical marker are some trading posts offering souvenirs and another unofficial sign.

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Continental Divide Marker in Continental Divide, New Mexico

Continental Divide Marker

Address:
32-38 Wrangler Rd, Continental Divide, NM 87312

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Continental Divide Marker in Continental Divide, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Pull over at the trading posts across the street.

Where to Stay Near the Continental Divide Marker

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Sands Motel

Sands Motel is a budget-friendly classic Route 66 motel in Grants, new Mexico. The vintage motel has carpeted floors, cable TV, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and WiFi.

Historic El Rancho Hotel

One of the best motels on Route 66, Historic El Rancho Hotel is only a short drive away from Grants. Sleep where the stars have at this 1940s hotel that has hosted some of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars and makers, including Robert Mitchum, Elia Kazan, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, William Holden, Billy Wilder, Kirk Douglas, Gregory Peck, Troy Donahue, and more. Photos of the stars are peppered throughout the intricately designed property and each room is themed with a star’s photo and information.

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