Cottonwood Pass


Cottonwood Pass - Chaffee / Gunnison Counties - Colorado - 12,126 feet
Pass Creek to west. North Fork of Middle Cottonwood Creek to east.

CR-306 west of Buena Vista

west side - treated gravel - road bike, but dual sport is better
east side - pavement - road bike

photos by Randy Bishop, 9/16/2017


Looking uphill from Buena Vista.

Looking uphill from Buena Vista.

Looking uphill from Buena Vista.

Looking uphill from Buena Vista.

Looking uphill from Buena Vista.

At the summit.
 

At the summit.
 

At the summit, looking west.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

Looking downhill toward Buena Vista.

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photos by Randy Bishop, 7/6/2007


At the summit.
 

At the summit.
 

At the summit, looking west.

At the summit, looking east.

At the summit.
 

#61 - photos by Randy Bishop, 7/17/2006


At the summit.
 

At the summit.
 

Looking west at the summit

photo by Clyde Edmundson, 1960


East side of pass.

Notes from Randy: From Buena Vista to Almont, one of my favorite passes over the Continental Divide.
The upper part isn't plowed during the winter which helps to preserve the pavement.
This year, 2017, the gravel road on west side above Taylor Reservoir has been closed for widening and paving.




From United States Board on Geographic Names:
Feature Name ID Class County State Latitude Longitude Ele(ft) Map BGN Date Entry Date
Cottonwood Pass 189140 Gap Chaffee CO 384940N 1062433W 12119 Tincup - 13-OCT-1978


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