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Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
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Beautiful area.

Wonderful hiking trails and beautiful forest within a couple miles or so from the top of the pass. Found plenty of parking, too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Situated on the Continental Divide over 12,000 ft the views are breathtaking. The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) extends both north and south from the summit and affords visitors a wide array of hiking adventures. One of our favorite drives is to leave Buena Vista and drive to Crested Butte via Cottonwood Pass. On either side of the pass, one can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Wonderful hiking trails and beautiful forest within a couple miles or so from the top of the pass. Found plenty of parking, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is an extraordinary pass. The mountains and views are very beautiful, rugged and varied. It's an easy pass to drive over and there are many good hiking trails to include on the visit. Worth doing over and over.

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Circleville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Cottonwood Pass crosses the Collegiate Range in Colorado, between Crested Butte and Buena Vista. Heading east, Colorado FR 742 crosses the length of Taylor Canyon up to Taylor Park- fairly civilized, for the mountains, up to Taylor Lake. There the road for Cottonwood pass, Colorado FR 209, heads quickly up to 12,000 feet, with switchbacks and snow banks all the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Great way to go from Gunnison to Buena Vista! Great views! Lots to see on the way too! Take a side trip to Tin Cup for a step back in time! All in all it's a wilderness enthusiast's paradise!

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Pasadena, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Comparatively easy access compared to other mountain passes and access to snow in July - what else could a big kid like me want? This was my second trip to Cottonwood Pass - asphalt access from the south/east - dirt road on the way down (north/west). I would suggest staying on the asphalt up and down. Cottonwood Pass is part... More 

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Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Cottonwood pass - one of the 'few' passes to get you up and over the mountains down the other side to Taylor lake and Gunnison, is a beautiful drive from Buena Vista - blacktop to the top and then gravel down the west side to Taylor lake.

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The Cottonwood Pass is situated along the Continental Divide. The pass can be accessed from Buena Vista to the east by following Chaffee County Road 306. Near the summit, the road name changes to Gunnison County Road 209 as it continues to the west, passing near Taylor Park Reservoir. The road is paved when arriving from the east. The drive... More 

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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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