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Cottonwood Pass

Highway 306/209, Between Crested Butte and Bueno Vista, CO
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Picture Perfect

It's a beautiful scenic drive from Buena Vista and the view from the top is awesome, especially the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Franklin, Tennessee
Road OPEN from the east side to the summit; Road closed from the west

the road is open from the east side to the summit and closed from the summit westward. you can... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve B
Apopka, Florida
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Highway 306/209, Between Crested Butte and Bueno Vista, CO

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Reviewed yesterday

It's a beautiful scenic drive from Buena Vista and the view from the top is awesome, especially the sunset. There are no bathrooms, and the road is closed going down the other side, but there's a lake and some trails to get to other picture...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

the road is open from the east side to the summit and closed from the summit westward. you can drive from the east to the summit. then you have to turn around; can't drive up to the summit from the western side.

Thank Steve B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As per Crested Butt Chamber of Commerce, Cottonwood Pass is closed until at least until end of summer 2018, possibly longer.☹️☹️ Monarch Pass was a suggested alternative. Time to reroute ourselves!

Thank shellseeker2000
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Your missing it if you're not here perfect temps here 70s during day 50s at night great utv rideing hard to beat highly recommend this place . Fishing is close by water rafting 😎😎

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Drove up from Buena Vista in mid June and took in the beautiful views, watched a family sledding, and hiked around a little bit. Definitely worth the drive from BV!

Thank tnroberson
Reviewed 8 June 2017

A great trip, but not for this year. Plan to enjoy the reopening when the road-crews finish in 2018. As posted on cotrip.org: Closed for the Season FR209, 306 Westbound / Eastbound Cottonwood Pass (Milemarker 0-27) Cottonwood Pass is expected to remain closed for the...More

4  Thank Tenn_Colorado
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Yes, about half of the road is currently gravel. Scheduled to be paved in 2017 - 2018. You can drive it with any type of vehicle. I did it on a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle. Well worth the trip.

Thank Mike A
Reviewed 22 November 2016

We absolutely loved Cottonwood Pass (CR 306). We took it from the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway US 285. The elevation at the pass is 12,126' and the views are outstanding.

Thank Rita J
Reviewed 12 October 2016

I say this rather tongue in cheek, for it is such a beautiful mountainous drive, and with all the stops along the way to ooh & aah, possibly it makes for a very long drive. But worth it. After leaving the main road between Crested...More

1  Thank HenReeTess
Reviewed 11 October 2016

My first trip up Cottonwood Pass. I choose a perfect day of beautiful Fall colors and full sunshine. When you arrive at the Summit take a few moments to look around and enjoy the 360 degree views. This is a very special places for locals...More

1  Thank RE M
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