Stop at the Top of the Continental Divide

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We Love the Continental Divide Trail

Pie Town is ideally located near the CDT and has been proclaimed a favorite stop due to our pie hospitality. The trail crosses State Highway 60 at 603 — from there, it’s just a short trip east to Pie Town.

When hikers or bikers or even equestrian trekkers are hot and thirsty and dry, what better nourishment than mouth-watering pie? Being a crossroad with Pieway 60 and having an agreeable postmistress to accept boxes on hold, what better place to have a zero day? There is free camping at Jackson Park (pit toilets and seasonal water faucets), and our hospitable residents are eager to hear stories of the trail and assist in any way they can.

In 2008 the Continental Divide Trail Alliance (CDTA) made progress in helping to complete unimproved sections of the trail and in a few more years the trail will have less road walking and more walking quietly through our beautiful surroundings.

If trekkers have a favorite pie that they are dreaming of each step of their way, it would behoove them to contact the Pie-O-Neer to make arrangements for that flavor to greet them. They may also inquire about other necessary arrangements.

Pieoneer Cafe
Travelers rest at the Pie-o-neer

In her book Yogi’s CDT Handbook, Jackie McDonnell describes Pie Town as “. . . not really a town.” While it does roll up it sidewalks at dark (wait, there are no sidewalks) it has come a long way since her experience. Still, if you’ll be arriving late, definitely give advance notice if you want to eat at one of the cafés. Pie People do their best to accommodate Trail People.

Pieoneer Trail Angels
Nita Larronde and Kathy Knapp, 2007 “Trail Angels”
Adventure Cycling Association Honors Bicycle Travel Award Winners

November 1, 2007

“The 2007 June Curry Trail Angel Award goes to Toaster House hosts Nita Larronde and Don Kearney, and Pie-O-Neer owner Kathy Knapp from Pie Town, New Mexico. . . The term “Trail Angel” refers to a generous individual, group or town encountered during a bicycle tour that makes the traveling bicyclist’s journey easier, or in some cases even possible, by helping the adventurer simply as a form of goodwill. . .”

What is the CDT?

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail extends 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada, traversing landscapes primarily on public lands. Hiking the trail takes about six months, when averaging 17 miles per day. It is not possible to travel the entire “official” route by horse or bike, but many areas are very desirable for alternate uses like bicycles.

Continental Divide Trail Links:

Pieway 60
Watch out for traffic.

3 Responses

  1. […] such place was at 8,000 ft on the top of the Continental Divide. Legend has it an enterprising man by the name of Ed Jones would walk seven miles from his […]

  2. piepeople

    Yes, we agree with that version…although there are several!

  3. Rudy Padilla

    New Mexico’s best kept secret!