Have you ever pictured yourself as a cowboy, as a man or woman of the west? One who rides their faithful steed up and down empty and expansive landscapes? If you haven’t, you should really consider borrowing this daydream, because the life of the Old West was one filled with adventure, breathtaking views, and larger-than-life characters.
While the Old West may have been tragically lost to modernization and urbanization the spirit still resides in small, hardworking towns like Divide, Colorado. This small town, perched precariously atop Ute Pass and shielded by the Northern Slope of Pikes Peak, is known mostly for its sweeping ranches and small town personality. Aside from that though, Divide can offer new adventures for the adrenaline junky and even the unlikely wanderer.
If you do, by chance find yourself in this token Colorado town, Wishlist wants you to be more than prepared. If ranch handling isn’t really in your wheelhouse take a look at the following activities to make your visit to Divide one to remember.
The first place to visit is Mueller State Park. This 5,000-acre park on the western side of Pikes Peak offers winding trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking and even horseback riding. The park also offers the perfect landscape for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter and will even provide you with a place to hunker down and spend the night with its abundance of campgrounds.
If you are looking for something a bit more invigorating take a peek at the Front Range Climbing Company. Here you can learn how to ice climb like the pros. Although they offer classes for every skill level the Front Range Climbing Company will never stop short of delivering you the best of Colorado’s ice.
Lastly, if you’ve found some time to spare between your ice climbing adventures and park shenanigans you can always visit a museum or two. Take some time out of your day to visit the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, which sports year-round interactive and educational tours regarding Colorado’s wolf and wildlife conservation. If you’d rather view something a little more predictable (than wolves that is) visit instead the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. This area has eternalized in its grounds over 1,700 plants and insect species.
So, maybe Divide isn’t the answer to our rough and tumble cowboy dreams, but it can, at the very least, provide you with some memorable experiences. Although this town may be tiny, it offers big adventures. If Divide sounds like a place you would like to visit, start planning today.