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Cottonwood Pass

between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
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Ranked #249 of 1,545 attractions in Colorado
Type: Scenic Drives
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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a nice ride up. A must for a motorcycle to do list in Colorado. Only paved on the Buena Vista side so plan accordingly. Take your time and keep at least some of you attention on the road and it's a quick side trip you will remember.

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Evergreen, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This time of year is amazing for flowers in Buena Vista territory. The silver lupines were in vast array on Cottonwood Pass, as well as the Colorado daisy. Great road surface too.

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Denver, Colorado
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Cottonwood Pass boasts one of the most stunning vistas in the Rockies. Paved up from Buena Vista and graded dirt down toward Gunnison, the BV side has steady stream of vehicles and cyclists taking the 18 mile drive from town to see the views. After a little late spring snowstorm, the sky was blue, and the peaks gorgeous. The pass... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Drove over Cottonwood Pass from Crested Butte to Buena Vista and was it was gorgeous! The drive winds through stunning lake views, snow top mountain peaks, and gorgeous foliage. There were only a few drivers on the pass and the short hike was secluded too. This pass is well worth the drive.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We were passing through Buena Vista on our annual leaf-viewing trip and took time out to drive up to Cottonwood Pass. I remember from previous visits how beautiful the aspen are in this area. You simply drive west out of Buena Vista on Main Street and keep going. It's not a long drive but the awesome beauty you'll see from... More

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Streetman, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We traveled here from Silverthorne/Frisco area, where we were vacationing, just to go up to this pass and it was well worth the drive. The pass was very secluded in mid-September. When we hiked up the narrow trail to the first little peak there, there was NO ONE around. We only saw a few people hiking on some other trails... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Driving to the top of a pass just doesn't have the same wow factor as a good hike. That being said, I love the view from Cottonwood. It's a short drive to take visitors and out of towners, but still vista filled and beautiful with short trails on either side.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I've been to the top of Cottonwood Pass many times, but failed to hike the trail opposite of the parking area (and signs)...until recently. The narrow path leads to gorgeous views of the fourteeners as well as a valley northeast of the top that can't be seen by car. I hiked along the ridge between this serene valley and the... More

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Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

This is a favorite drive for locals; we look forward to the announcement (usually by Memorial Day, or the week before; the Gunnison County Public Works Department really cranks it to get the snow off and the pass passable by Memorial Day), that the road is open. It's a beautiful route between HIghway 135, up Taylor Canyon in Gunnison County... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

My husband and I were on the pass 5/27. We got highest point (Continental Divide) at 9 am. There was only one other car there. The road on the East side is paved. We did not have time to do the West side of the pass (unpaved). It is short drive from Buena Vista, CO. The morning is a good... More

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