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Cottonwood Lake

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Address: San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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So serene

The drive there is not great but as soon as you reach your destination, the views will take your breath away. Great place for camping, fishing, picnic and exploring with kids.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Denver, Colorado
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive there is not great but as soon as you reach your destination, the views will take your breath away. Great place for camping, fishing, picnic and exploring with kids.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The lake is lovely however small.Worth a look around leave changing time. Lots of lakes in Colorado look just like this and are about the same size.

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Thank Kim C
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a fairly small lake and we saw some log cabins around it that is possibly for rental in the main season. There is paid parking ($7) if you will go for a hike or fish. Overall beautiful even in pouring rain while you watch the clouds moving in.

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Thank Alexandra K
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy access, stunning views. Needs restrooms at lake, however. Mostly a family-friendly lake with excellent fishing.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little lake is really a beautiful stop when in the Buena Vista area. It can be busy, but there are plenty of peaceful spots to enjoy.

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Thank Janet F
Forney, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little mountain lake. Drove to the summit of Cottonwood Pass and decided to stop by the lake on the way down. Pretty bumpy road getting there. Was probably a gem at one time. Too many people for such a small lake and the area around it has too many ATVs.

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Thank Gaylan M
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

This is a nice place to drive when your out and about on a scenic drive.Nice places to stop along the way and once you get there Plenty to do and see from trails to fishing or having a picnic it worth going to

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Thank Michael O
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016

We really enjoy taking our canoe on Cottonwood Lake. It is a beautiful spot to get away from the busy world and relax.

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Thank maryo162016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

I like to head out this way to just have a nice relaxing time and adventure in another area away from home. The campsite here is very well maintained, and you can also go down the dirt road and find other campsites scattered about. The lake has some great little trails around it, as well as you can kayak or... More 

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Thank Kristin N
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

Cottonwood Lake is one of those peaceful hamlets it was nice to come across. You can hike almost all the way around, and it is a very quiet and relaxing place to spend some time. Now that I am back in 'the city', I appreciate it even more...

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