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Cottonwood Pass

#346 of 2,124 things to do in Colorado
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Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
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Beautiful drive

This is a very scenic drive. We saw deer and a beaver. Once you get to top there are trails to go even higher. We made it to first high ridge and the views were awesome. There is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Shelly R
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Grafton, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice drive up from Buena vista. Good paved road and great views. Going down the other side is 14 miles of gravel road. Little bumpy and a few pot holes, but not bad if you take it slow. Might be a little harder if raining or wet. Rest of road into Gunisson or Crested Butte is good riding road.

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Thank Graftondave11
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very scenic drive. We saw deer and a beaver. Once you get to top there are trails to go even higher. We made it to first high ridge and the views were awesome. There is a small lake you can hike down to and enjoy a picnic. There was even a patch of snow in August. We... More 

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Thank Shelly R
Anaheim, California
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I headed out of Buena Vista about 8am to see what I could find at the top per my son. What I saw along the way was beauty in nature. Easy enough drive and not too steep. Then the ah ha moment at the top. The Continental Divide and it's beauty.

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Broomfield, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I ended up taking this pass unexpectedly when we went slightly off course in our journey. However we were supremely glad we did. It was absolutely stunning. Be ready for mountain driving-- some steep switchbacks and narrow curves-- but the views are mind blowing. (Be aware- the west side of the pass is a dirt road that... More 

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Dallas, Texas, USA
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a glorious drive. It doesn't take too long and you feel so small. Certainly worth the time. Plenty of parking and great wide roads. Great little stops along the way for breathtaking photo opportunities .

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Fairfax, VA
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118 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was in the 80's in Buena Vista but my kids were walking on the snow at the summit of the pass. This is a very pretty drive to Gunnison or Crested Butte in the summer. Lots of wildflowers and beautiful views. Stop at the summit (over 11,000 feet) and walk in the snow, and take some pictures. Take a... More 

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Port Townsend, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

We hiked the Colorado Trail recently, and were a bit shocked at how much traffic there was on Cottonwood Pass. But it's a really beautiful part of the State, and well worth visiting IF you bother to at least hike up to the top of a local hill (on the south side). Up there, the views are as stunning as... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Cottonwood Pass is a great alternative ( in the summer) when going from the Buena Vista area to Crested Butte/ Gunnison, as opposed to driving over Monarch Pass ( which is also picturesque). Passenger cars will do just fine.

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Thank ninadrb
Springfield, missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

We have to go up this one ever time we are in Buena Vista, not a lot of traffic which makes it even better. Beautiful scenery at top, and plenty of wildlife.

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We went over Cottonwood Pass on our way from Denver to Crested Butte. The road is fine for almost any vehicle short of a sports car. As far as our passes go, this one is a piece of cake. Views are spectacular. We stopped for a few pictures, but there is also hiking available with some obvious trails leaving the... More 

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