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Cottonwood Pass

Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
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Ranked #196 of 1,873 Activities in Colorado
Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Scenic Drives, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities
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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

November 9,2014 Sunday Made a short visit to Taylor Park this week end and were presently surprised that Cottonwood Pass was open. Only a few areas of patchy ice the size of a car length. An easy drive. However, the weather is forecasted to change in the coming week. Nov 10-13,2014. Hope this helps😄

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

There had been a heavy fall of snow (wet snow - the worst kind) a couple of days before I attempted to drive this Pass. Had been in Leadville in the morning (10,000ft), where snow was still lying in all the streets - should have provided a clue as to what conditions would be like 2,000ft higher up! Got almost... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I entered the Cottonwood Pass road on Route 306 (where the Drive-In is) in downtown Buena Vista which is dirt road for much of the ride and excited two plus hours later in Almont, CO, a tiny berg just south of Crested Butte. It was a fabulous route and is completely different in summer and fall the time of year... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The drive up to Cottonwood Pass from Buena Vista is a great paved road. We just went and the fall colors were vibrant. It is beautiful at the top. It was windy and cold tho (October) dress warm. But worth it. You can continue on, the road turn to dirt if you keep going. Will do that next time, we... More 

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Aurora, Colorado
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39 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Life is all about the scenic route....and when it has the potential to shave off some travel time, even better! Taking County Rd 209 from Taylor Reservoir to Buena Vista over Cottonwood Pass is definitely the best of both worlds. To get there from Crested Butte or Gunnison take Hwy 135 to Almont, CO at Almont take County Rd 742... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

We drove up to Cottonwood Pass from Buena Vista. It is an easy and beautiful drive up. The road is paved with some twists and turns but nothing too edgy. During our drive in September, the aspen trees were at their prime color-wise. There are two nice hikes to do from the pass. One hike is across the road from... More 

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Saint Pete Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The old stagecoach route between Fraser and Hot Sulphur Springs, CO is a dirt/gravel overland scenic drive that's well worth the trouble. Exit west off Highway 40 takes you through upland grazing land where hawks and panthers can still be seen from this remote road that passes through private land spotted with drying cattle bones from winter's kill. It ends... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Yes, you can drive US50 (over Monarch Pass) to get from BV to Gunnison and Crested Butte - OR you can take the "road less traveled" - Cottonwood Pass! I must admit to living on Colorado for 40 years, I never have been over Cottonwood Pass and shame on me. It's a summertime and fall (aspen season) must. for us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you are traveling through the Rockies in the summer, be sure to take this excursion. It is a beautiful drive alone the Taylor River up to Taylor Reservoir. From there you will climb to the pass at just over 12,000 ft. Then road is unimproved (dirt and no gravel) on the Western slope but passable in a passenger car.... More 

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South Hamilton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A perfect day trip from Buena Vista is to go up Cottonwood pass, stop and hike around for a bit, then go down the other side to Taylor Park reservoir. We followed the road on the Taylor River all the was down to Gunnison, then took Hwy 50 back through Monarch Pass. Very picturesque!

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