Divide, CO, sits at an elevation of more than 9,000 feet above sea level within a 40-minute drive of Colorado Springs. From this perch, it's easy to see how major water run-offs can go in different directions, or imagine the topographical dividing line that separates one major watershed from another: in this case, the watersheds of South Platte River and the Arkansas River. This is how this mountaintop community got its name.
From the moment it was settled in the late 19th century, Divide's fortunes rose and fell as gold prospectors and cowboys with large herds of longhorns came and went. Then the train came to town, allowing farmers to export potatoes and lettuce, and bringing with it visitors eager to gather fossils in Florissant or hike in the Pike National Forest. When the highway replaced the railroad, Divide remained "the center of the known universe" for travelers going to and from Colorado Springs via Ute Pass. Take advantage of this great location and book an RV rental in Divide today to discover the great outdoors that lie ahead.
Into the Land Before Time
Divide sits on the north slope of Pikes Peak, so a short drive from downtown is bound to get you someplace where the sky is big and the mountain views magnificent. With your camper rental in Divide, you’ll just be a few miles away from the 5,000+ acre Mueller State Park where you can take in the western side of “America’s Mountain”. Explore the park’s 50-mile scenic trails on foot, horseback, or mountain bike, and spy eagles, elk, and bears roaming its aspen forests.
Take your Divide travel trailer rental to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument for a walk amongst remnants of eras long past. Find the one-mile Petrified Forest Loop for a self-guided hike through numerous massive petrified redwood tree stumps. Examine fossils in exquisite detail by stepping inside the Visitor Center and have a close look at their insect, plant, and fish specimens. Or try your luck at finding a fossil and go to the nearby Florissant Fossil Quarry to buy a bag of ancient lake mud. Split it open and you just may find an undiscovered form of life.
Stumble into thousands of preserved footprints at Picket Wire Canyonlands, a two-hour drive away by Divide motorhome rental. If you are up for a long hike over cactus, loose and slick rocks, and animal holes in the ground, the traces of long-extinct animals you will encounter will be worth the effort. Long-necked brontosauruses and sharp-toothed Allosaurus once roamed an ancient lake on what is now known as the Comanche National Grasslands, and they left more than 1,300 footprints stretching on a plain a quarter of a mile long. Compare the four-footed tracks of the plant-eating brontosaurus with the three-toed pointed footprints of the meat-eating Allosaurus and imagine which one you would be most afraid of were they alive today.
Where to Park Your RV
Consider bringing your RV trailer rental near Divide to Mueller State Park for access to electric sites, showers, and a dump station. At The Crags Campground in the Pike National Forest about 20 minutes' drive away, you’ll find non-electric sites, potable water, and vault toilets. The Crags, a collection of colossal vertical granite rocks, beckons hikers two miles away from the campground. You’ll also be well-situated here to climb the summit of Pikes Peak via the steep, 6.5-mile Devils Playground Trail.
A campground within a 10-minute driving distance of downtown, Golden Bell Camp and Conference Center welcomes Divide RV rentals by owner with full hook-up sites, restrooms, and hot showers. Several options are available within 10 to 15 miles, mainly in Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, and Cripple Creek. Farther out, you’ll find a few RV parks in Lake George, Manitou Springs, and Colorado Springs. Most have full hook-up sites and make an ideal base to explore the Garden of the Gods, the Cave of the Winds, and the South Platte River.
There are a few gas stations and several convenience and grocery stores in town so you don’t have to drive far to restock and refuel. The closest Walmart is in Woodland Park within a 10-minute drive of Divide. Should you need a place for a night or two, check with their store manager to see if you can stay overnight in their parking lot.
Sightseeing Around the “Center of the Known Universe”
You probably wouldn’t let a wolf in the wild lick you in the face, but in the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, some wolves are docile enough to be your short-term pet. Listen to how these canines have been rescued from the fur industry, canned hunts, and abusive situations. Watch them being fed by the guides, interact with foxes, or view a pack of coyotes in their enclosures.
To better understand the nomadic Ute, pioneers and industries that shaped Divide, and the surrounding areas, visit the Ute Pass Historical Society Museum. Teller County operates a transit service so you can leave your RV rental near Divide and take a short ride to Woodland Park. See the town’s historic jail and visit the cabin dedicated to trains. Examine photographs from the late 19th century and reflect on what life was like back then.
When it comes to microbreweries, Colorado has a reputation to keep; Divide contributes a bit to keep that reputation going with a few good places to drink. Food choices are a bit slim, though you will find American staples like BBQ, burgers, and pizza around town. Woodland Park serves up a little more culinary variety and the brief bus ride going there may prove more rewarding.
Venturing out of town, you will soon discover there’s so much more to see and do. It’ll take a little more planning but you’ll be delighted at what you’ll find. So go ahead. Look for the best RV rentals in Teller County and be amazed at the places they will take you.