Grand Lake plans celebration for Continental Divide Trail anniversary |

Grand Lake plans celebration for Continental Divide Trail anniversary

The Continental Divide Trail runs roughly 3,100 miles from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, crossing five separate states along the way. The trail was officially designated as a National Scenic Trail on Nov. 10, 1978.

America’s Continental Divide Trail turns 40 years old this month and on Friday the community of Grand Lake will hold a celebration in honor of the milestone.

The celebration will be held beginning at 4 p.m. with a happy hour event at Grand Lake’s Sagebrush BBQ and Grill. The celebration of the 40th anniversary of the formal establishment of the trail is expected to last until 6 p.m.

Running along the spine of the Rockies, the Continental Divide Trail crosses through or near hundreds of small communities including Grand Lake.

The town of Grand Lake became an official Continental Divide Trail Gateway Community this year, one of only 14 such communities to receive the designation.

“Becoming a Gateway Community is a huge step for our town,” said JT Piribek, co-owner of Grand Lake Bicycle Co. and president of Outstanding Grand Lake Foundation. “This partnership allows the Town and community to share the trail’s existence with the thousands of visitors to town each year and support the CDTC in maintaining the trail. We can’t wait to celebrate and share this one-of-a-kind treasure with others.”

– Lance Maggart,

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