The Great Divide

 The ridges near Rangely, the remnants of the Rocky Mountains as they gradually transition into the high desert mesa country of Northwest Colorado. Photo by local artist and photographer Mary Meinan.

The ridges near Rangely, the remnants of the Rocky Mountains as they gradually transition into the high desert mesa country of Northwest Colorado. Photo by local artist and photographer Mary Meinan.

By Pfly - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12131177

Unless you're from Colorado the terms Front Range and Western Slope may seem a bit mysterious.

Here's the skinny, in a nutshell: We have a little mountain range, called the Rocky Mountains, that bisects the state. Along the ridgeline which meanders North to South (or S-N depending on your perspective) is what's called the Continental Divide. Long story short, this is the point at which running water is pushed East or West (Google it if you're curious.)

ANYWAY...the Western Slope refers to all of Colorado west of the Great Divide (cue Nancy Griffith) and is characterized by almost entirely rural communities, with a distinct landscape and entirely different social and political issues than the "Front Range" - the other side of the "Great Divide"...the center of industry, politics, economics, urban development, land mass and population, and so naturally dominates issues in State Government, etc.

Therefore... us Western Slope towns tend to hang together... and so I share with you a fun list of a few less well-known hikes in our region.

Don't forget to keep up with our calendar, always found easily at ( www.NWCoCalendar.com )and blog to learn about other Northwest Colorado adventures!