Take in the Views on Cottonwood Pass

Gunnison County, Colorado

based on 3 reviews


Added by Danny McGee

Less that a 40 minute drive from Buena Vista, the summit of Cottonwood Pass offers stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Extending in all directions is a panorama of unbroken beauty. Perhaps the most appealing aspect is that it is accessible by any vehicle and requires no hiking.

Starting in the town of Buena Vista, head west on E Main Street until it turns into State Highway 306. After about 40 minutes of driving and some winding roads the Continental Divide sign welcomes you to a gravel parking lot. You can get out and hike as you please, but the view from the parking lot alone is more than worth the drive.

Note: The pass in only open from late spring until early fall so that is something to keep in mind.

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Take in the Views on Cottonwood Pass Reviews

This is our second trip up to the CD. Last year, same time of year, sunny, little snow, hiked to top. This year, so much snow, trail was closed. And then it snowed!! Beautiful views all around (especially towards Gunnison), drive up is gorgeous too. Just don't coast down mountain, it is illegal and we were unaware. Good stories to tell!

This drive offers stunning views from the seat of your car, but I highly recommend pulling over at the overlooks because many have short trails (less than 1 mi) that offer even better views away from the crowds alongside the road.

Very scenic! Saw a moose and her calf at the end near Taylor Park reservoir

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