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Cottonwood Pass

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Address: between Crested Butte and Buena Vista, CO
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Wonderfully scenic drive

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Springfield, missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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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Centennial, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drove up and over the Cottonwood Pass to Taylor Reservoir. The views are amazing. Stop at the top to take a picture of the continental divide. Wild flowers galore on the way down the other side. Saw moose and marmots on our trip. Take the time to drive back to Tin Cup. Road conditions were excellent (just dusty) fine for... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to take Cottonwood Pass to Crested Butte from Buena Vista. The views were amazing!! It's a tad slower than Monarch pass due tot he tight switch backs, but it's such a shorter distance that really it's only a few minutes. The road is paved on the Buena Vista side, but once you reach the top it's gravel. Fine... More 

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Cypress, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

It is a fantastic roadtrip with lots of picturesque views and places to pull over and enjoy them. A short drive from the gorgeous town of Buena Vista. Drive up follows a river full of water from melting snows. Keep a lookout for beaver dams to show family members. Parking lot at the very top of the pass shows where... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

If the pass is open, take it! You won't be disappointed. Such a beautiful drive. Went from Buena Vista to Gunnison, at the end of the pass is the very beautiful Taylor Park area, you don't want to miss this.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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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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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 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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