Separ, New Mexico: Continental Divide Store and Teepee

We'll take its word on its location. The teepee stands to one side of the store, is big, and made of wood.

Bowlin's Continental Divide Historical Trading Post

Frontage Rd, Separ, NM
Bowlin's Continental Divide Historical Trading Post. I-10 exit 42, southwest side.
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Continental Divide Store and Teepee

The trading post is about 9.2 miles west of the Continental Divide on Interstate 10. The teepee is still standing. The trading post is filled with the same things you will find at the other stops off of I-10 in that area: lots of fireworks, handmade Native American items, pottery (mostly from Mexico, I believe), etc. Drinks and snacks, but no gas at this stop.

[David, 12/04/2018]
Continental Divide Trading Post and Teepee

Unless you want some souvenirs, I honestly wouldn't bother stopping. The store isn't even on the Continental Divide any more (it's been moved 7-10 miles north) and the Teepee is so worn you can see more plaster than anything else. It's really sad because I remember this place when I was a kid and it was so lively. Had high hopes of sharing it with my son.

[Tamara Sabo, 07/05/2018]

We give the Continental Divide Trading Post a pass for proximity; it's probably closer to the Continental Divide than most other Trading Posts.

It's a dry heat...

Continental Divide Store and Teepee

Great place to stop and buy things that go boom. I also learned that the legal age to buy fireworks in New Mexico is 16, so teenagers go buy some mortars and have a blast!

[LouieLandAdventures, 06/20/2018]


Continental Divide Store and Teepee

Store was closed at 8 pm, but it looked awesome! Teepee has seen better days. This might be a good location for those interested to start geocaching...

[Mike, 05/12/2011]
Continental Divide Store Tepee

I have fond memories of the Continental Divide Store Tepee. Before seat belt laws, my family lived in Tucson, AZ, and we had extended family throughout New Mexico. I can still hear the parents telling me to "wake up and see this." From the way back of our old Dodge station wagon I would climb over seats and luggage to the front. Low and behold! A massive Tepee, strategically placed for a fill-up and walk. I still have a kiddie head dress that I begged with the parents enough to get. Wore that thing forever.

In 2000 I had a job in Tucson and my younger brother was helping me with the move. For hours along I-10 he was regaled with tales of this tepee. I was quite excited to stop at this landmark of my childhood. He was dubious, at best, about some roadside attraction he couldn't remember.

We came over a rise and there it was, in its new format. A big building with a tepee discarded to the side. I was so deflated, and he was laughing so loudly, that we drove on without stopping.

[The WES, 12/15/2010]

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