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Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
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An easy drive to be on top of the world

I like the view from the top of any mountain. Sometimes you have to work to get the view, though. Not with Cottonwood Pass--it's a good road from both directions. It's paved... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
Jeffrey B
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Hanover, Pennsylvania

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

I like the view from the top of any mountain. Sometimes you have to work to get the view, though. Not with Cottonwood Pass--it's a good road from both directions. It's paved most of the way from Buena Vista, and even the gravel is pretty good. Any passenger car is fine. Once you get to the pass, pull off in... More 

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Alabaster, Alabama
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Wow, we decided on the spur of the moment to take this drive and it's truly one of the best things we did on our entire trip. We picked a cool fall day when the Aspens were beautiful and at their peak and drove from Buena Vista to the pass. I only wish we would have continued on down the... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The ride up to the Taylor Park Reservoir from Almont is one of the best. The road turns to dirt where 209 meets 742. At the NE corner of the Reservoir. It is dirt for 13.5 miles between that point and the Cottonwood pass. Then great pavement again down into Buena Vista, which is a really nice ride as well.... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a gorgeous Pass to take during late Sept/Early Oct for the Aspen color show! The pass is paved from Buena Vista, CO to the peak and then gravel on down into 135 north of Gunnison. A sweet scenic drive option to Crested Butte. Literally driving through hundreds of free range cattle was an amazing site to behold as... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

An awesome side trip from Buena Vista can be found by taking a turn to the West from Hwy-24 onto Main Street (County Hwy-306) and around 19 miles later you will find yourself at over 12,000 feet elevation on top of Cottonwood Pass. The drive up (on the East side) is paved and an easy mountain drive. The drive down... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

We have been over this pass many times on our BMW GS. It's not quite as deserted as it used to be, but it's still incredibly beautiful and goes through the back country. Partly paved and partly dirt road, it is well maintained and one of the many reasons we thrill in living in Colorado.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Traveling fro Brechenridge to Crested Butte one could drive the highway .... Or you could turn left in the town of Buena Vista and spend a couple of hours discovering the raw beauty of Cottonwood Pass. You do not need an SUV. Our rental car did just fine. Twists and turns ... Curves and going round and round. And the... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This is a beautiful, rustic pass that saves a lot of miles when going from Buena Vista to Crested Butte. You really get a sense that this is what passes were like in years past. I turns into a dirt road near the top, but don't le that discourage you because there are no huge cliffs when compared to other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Don't miss this if you are in the area. You can get to the pass from Buena Vista on the east side in about 20 minutes driving on a paved road with very few other cars! (The road on the west side of the pass is unpaved.) The views are stunning. It's best to get there early to beat the... More 

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Salida, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

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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