National Geographic : 1932 Jul
COLORADO, A BARRIER THAT BECAME A GOAL out of place in this lofty region, the un disputed realm only a few years ago of the eagle and the mountain sheep. Rounding a shoulder, we entered a stretch of road that runs for four and a half miles along a huge ridge, almost level, at an elevation above 12,000 feet. This level road is actu ally higher than many a world-famous mountain summit. Across a vast abyss but only a few miles away from us rose the Continental Divide, peak after tower ing peak set in a row. I could almost look down upon the tops of those mountain giants. Where other roads seek the easiest and cheapest route over mountains, this unique highway was deliberately pushed through difficult terrain to reach scenic vantage points. As a result, it puts in reach of the automobile driver magnificent views from mountain heights accessible before only to horseback rider and skilled foot-climber. Over the mountains, a few miles to the northwest of Estes Park, lies much larger North Park, one of the major level plots of the mountain region, where the cattle in dustry still lingers and where streams teem with fish. STATE ENVOYS CONSIDER IRRIGATION PROBLEMS One of Colorado's fundamental irriga tion problems has arisen there. A fork of the North Platte River rises in the park and flows north into Wyoming. Plans were made by Wyoming to use the water from this stream to fill a great irrigation reservoir; but Colorado was at the same time planning to divert a large part of it through a tunnel in her mountains, and to carry it to her own eastern plains to fur ther develop irrigation there. The resulting dispute has entered the field of "State diplomacy." For a year or more now accredited envoys from the two States, like ministers of independent na tions, have met from time to time, seeking to negotiate a treaty that will apportion the waters equitably. This is not the only problem of the sort confronting Colorado. The high Rockies are the birthplace of numerous streams that flow across State lines. Negotiations are under way or will arise with Nebraska over the waters of the South Platte, with Kan sas concerning the Arkansas, with New Mexico in regard to the Animas River south of Durango, and with New Mexico, Photograph by Dean VISITORS FIND "COLD SHIVERS POINT" WELL NAMED The canyon floor is 800 feet below. A scenic highway from Grand Junction leads to within a few feet of the point.