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Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Pasadena, Texas

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Pasadena, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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Larkspur, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
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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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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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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Texas
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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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Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)

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