Milner Pass

Milner Pass/Poudre Lake

  • Blue River– from the east side of the Gore Range to Kremmling waters are best explored during June.
  • Colorado River– can be enjoyed throughout the season, May through September. Upper Colorado is known for calmer waters, while the lower offers faster-moving rapids.
  • Clear Creek– is also open to rafting the whole season, May through September. The upper portion is best for more advanced rafters, while the lower is less demanding.
  • Arkansas River– this river is unique in that it begins near the Continental Divide and offers Classes I-IV from May through September.

At 10,759 feet in elevation, Milner Pass offers incredible views of the Rocky Mountains. The most notable view you’ll have is of the Continental Divide. Not only does the Continental Divide mark the place of the Atlantic and Pacific plates converging, but it also divides the headwaters of the Cache la Poudre River to the east from the headwaters of the Colorado River to the west. It is truly a natural sight to behold. The pass is traversed by the Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous paved road in the country.

Take the trailhead to follow the Old Fall River Road to Fall River Pass to walk through the spruce forest up past the tree line to discover the beautiful tundra that makes up about 1/3 of Rocky Mountain National park.

The Continental Divide also called the Great Divide, and especially in Alaska, the Pacific-Arctic Divide separates the watersheds of the Pacific Ocean from those of the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. It runs from the western tip of the Seward Peninsula in Alaska, through western Canada along the crest of the Rocky Mountains, including through Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park, to New Mexico. From there, it follows the crest of Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental and extends to the tip of South America. It is crossed by the Panama Canal and by the two outlets of Isa Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

Steven Smith