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Cottonwood Pass

#349 of 2,242 things to do in Colorado
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Address: Highway 306/209, Between Crested Butte and Bueno Vista, CO

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Awesome views.

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... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2016
Mike A
Commerce City, Colorado

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Commerce City, Colorado
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7 reviews
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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
Jacksonville, Florida
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44 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
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
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
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 Butte and Gunnison we entered a gravel road and thought this would be how it... More 

Thank Frankie B
Maui, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
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 to come and be thankful they live near this place.

Thank RE M
Earth, Texas
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Beautiful drive through the mountains to get there. It's probably a 20 minute drive from Buena Vista. You are right above the tree line so you get some great views. It is a little chilly in October so you might want to bring a jacket and there was snow on the ground. There are also some hiking trails up there... More 

Thank Ryan R
Boulder, Colorado
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

This road is closed every winter, and will be closed for all of 2017 - maybe longer. Currently the road on the west side of the pass is a gravel road with many curves - so a major construction project is starting next spring in order to straighten the road out some and hard-surface it. When the road is open,... More 

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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We had a local tell us this is a beautiful free place to visit! We were so happy we went and will be going back next time we are there!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Arvada, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

If you're in the area this is a must do. Easy quick drive up to the pass with incredible views of the Collegiate Peaks and over towards Taylor Park Reservoir.

1 Thank jrog9832
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

This was a great drive! At the top you should definitely stop at the Continental divide, on the other side the dirt road is a bit tight, but we were easily able to make the descent.

Thank kcurran4brls
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

My family and I go to Taylor Park almost yearly. We love it there and i believe the best part of it is Cottonwood Pass. It is a really windy road and not very easy to pass people when you have a truck and trailer, but (to me) it's worth the drive. We have taken it when it was raining... More 

Thank Sasha S

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