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Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park: Milner Pass | by wallyg
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Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park: Milner Pass

Milner Pass, at an elevation of 10,758-feet along Trail Ridge, was named for T.J. Milner, an ambitious railroad promoter who surveyed a rail route (which was never built) from Fort Collins across the Continental Divide to points west. It is here that Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divide or Great Divide, the point at where drainage is separated to the Atlantic and the Pacific. It traverses America from Alaska almost to Cape Horn. To the east, Cache La Poudre Creek drains into the Platte River which flows to the Missouri River, then to the Mississippi River, thus reaching the Gulf of Mexico. To the west, Beaver Creek drains into the Colorado River, which then flows through Grand Canyon National Park and onto the Gulf of California.

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Taken on August 22, 2010