Reviewed for High School, 2008

Hike the Continental Divide

What do Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico have in common? They're all part of the Great Continental Divide, the ridge of mountains that runs from northernmost Alaska to the southern tip of South America. But you don't have to go that far to experience the rugged beauty - not to mention the opportunity for self-discovery and family bonding - that the Continental Divide provides. The US portion of the trail, which stretches for 3,100 miles, is maintained by volunteers with the Continental Divide Trail Alliance, which organizes a host of multi-day volunteer trips for individuals and families that include trail maintenance, backpacking, camping under the stars, and CDTA-provided meals. The best part? This stunning opportunity to connect with the outdoors only costs $19.00 per project, so you can send your teen on multiple trips without breaking the bank.