Cottonwood Pass

Currently, the route is projected to open on June 21, 2019.

Delays are to be expected throughout the rest of the summer due to ongoing construction.

Looking west from Cottonwood Pass, CO.

How to get there:

Starts at the intersection of US-24/CR306 (Main St) in Buena Vista.

  • From C470/US285 to Buena Vista
  • 104 miles 2 hr 10 mins
  • GPS
  • US 24/CR 306
  • 38.8422 -106.1326

In General:CampgroundFishing Available Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 33 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 1 hour 20 mins

CR 306 is paved all the way to Cottonwood Pass (elev 12126′) then changes to CR 209.

Construction on the west side (CR 209) has started and is expected to be finished in the late fall of 2018. The road will be closed to all public traffic during construction. The closure will begin at the intersection of CR 209 and CR 742 and extend to the summit.

This intersection CR 740/CR 209 is the starting point for directions in the Taylor Park area.

Photo Ops:VistasFall ColorswildflowersHiking

The rugged scenery includes lakes, river meadows, alpine tundra, and impressive fall colors. Terrific vistas from the pass in all directions.

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