Carbon County Visitors’ Council Celebrates Anniversary of the Continental Divide Trail With County’s Wealth of Outdoor Recreation

Today the Carbon County Visitors Council is celebrating the Anniversary of the Continental Divide Trail Designation. 

Annaliese Wiederspahn

November 10, 20213 min read

Continential Divide
(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Today the Carbon County Visitors’ Council is celebrating the Anniversary of the Continental Divide Trail Designation.  “Outdoor recreation is as important to Americans today as it was back in 1925 when Benton MacKaye, father of the Appalachian Trail, cast his vision of the first formed trail,” said Leslie Jefferson, CEO, CCVC.

The Continental Divide Trail

“The Continental Divide Trail was initially walked and marked by the Rocky Mountain Trail Association in 1962.  With the passage of the National System Act in 1968, the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails were designated.  In 1978, the National Parks and Recreational Land Act was amended to include 5 trails to the systems, including the Continental Divide Trail. In 2012, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) was formed with a broad community of Trail partners, local communities, enthusiasts and supporters,” said Jefferson.

“CCVC supports and partners with the CDTC.  We are proud to have two CDTC Gateway Communities – Rawlins and Encampment/Riverside – in our county. In October, the CDTC Rawlins Gateway Community Signs were installed at the north, south, east, and west entrances of Rawlins,” said Jefferson.  “Each CDTC Gateway Community is encouraged to recruit CDTC Gateway Ambassadors.  It is exciting to have hiking enthusiasts, Jacob Mickelson and Emily Haver as our CDTC Rawlins Gateway Community Ambassadors.  Jacob and Emily have been extremely proactive in promoting the CDT in 2021 with a seminar on first aid kits, and at least two group hikes.  In conjunction with the CDT Designation Day celebration, Jacob and Emily will are conducting their “How to Pack your Pack” seminar at the Rawlins Library this evening, Wednesday, November 10th, beginning at 6:30PM,” said Jefferson. 


CCVC invests in attracting visitors and residents in Carbon County.  “With the CARES funding last year and this year, CCVC purchased PPE in the form of face coverings with scenes of Carbon County and travel size hand sanitizers. Also, last fall CCVC partnered with Waves Web Design in a Travel Safe micro-site within our domain and we are happy to announce the creation of our Hiking the Continental Divide Trail landing page at:,” said Jefferson.

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“In addition to celebrating the CDT in our own backyard, CCVC has partnered with One Reel Media House to create five activity videos that promote our excellent outdoor recreation opportunities and community events. Launched with the CDT page is our new hiking video,” said Jefferson.  New videos will be released on a new topic every few weeks. 

Subscribe to the CCVC YouTube channel today! You will be notified when new videos are released.  Included in the video line up are videos about Hiking, ORVing, Fishing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, and upcoming Carbon County Events.

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Annaliese Wiederspahn

State Political Reporter