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The Palmer Divide is a ridge in central Coloradomarker that separates the Arkansas Rivermarker basin from the Missouri Rivermarker (via the Platte River) basin. It extends from the Front Range of the Rockies in central Colorado, eastward toward the town of Limon.

It is named after William Jackson Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springsmarker. It staggers along the county line between Douglas Countymarker and El Paso Countymarker. This divide separates the Denvermarker metropolitan area from the Pikes Peakmarker area. The elevation varies between 6,000 and 7,500 feet, with the divide's highest point at Monument Hill.

This terrain feature is the cause of several small scale, or microscale weather patterns, and can make a world of difference in the weather between Denver and Colorado Springs. Although this elevation technically makes it qualify for the foothills category, it does not parallel a mountain chain like the foothills do. The Palmer Divide is perpendicular to the mountains. Due to the orientation of the Palmer Divide with respect to the eastern plains, the weather can be similar to the foothills during active weather with enhanced precipitation, especially during snowstorms. Cities and towns within the Palmer Divide include Castle Rockmarker, Franktown, Elizabeth, Kiowa, Monument, Black Forest, Sedalia and Palmer Lakemarker.


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