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Gunnison to Buena Vista via Pitkin and Tincup?

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Gunnison to Buena Vista via Pitkin and Tincup?

I would like to take a day trip from Gunnison to Buena Vista and was hoping I could take the route through Pitkin, over Cumberland Pass to Tincup then across Cottonwood pass to Buena Vista.

Is this a route that I can take in a passenger car? If so, how long can I expect it to take?


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1. Re: Gunnison to Buena Vista via Pitkin and Tincup?

Yes it is doable in a passenger car. If you are renting, make sure that your rental agreement does not prohibit off paved road driving. We did this pass with our 4x4 Dodge Truck in just 2 wheel drive!

Don't try to drive from Pitkin up to the Alpine Tunnel, very scary! Also don't take Tincup Pass from Tincup to St Elmo, this is a 4x4 route.

I don't remember how long it took, maybe an hour or so from Pitkin to Tincup, another hour or so to Buena Vista. In Tincup go visit the interesting cemetery with 4 different sections.

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2. Re: Gunnison to Buena Vista via Pitkin and Tincup?

It's a great and interesting drive. Sometimes the Tincup side is washboard especially after heavier rains so the driving will be SLOW but the side going to Buena Vista is no problem.

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