Is Cottonwood Pass Open?
Answer: Cottonwood Pass is usually open each year from the Thursday
before Memorial Day to the first major snowstorm in October/November. The pass can open days or weeks sooner,
if there was modest snowfall during the winter and spring season.
The Colorado Department of Transportation website (www.cotrip.org)
has a road conditions section with current information. Go there! Also, contacting the police, chamber
of commerce, or local Buena Vista newspaper (the Chaffee County Times) may also be helpful.
My Hike To Cottonwood Pass ... Via The Road
Photos And Videos Of My 2.5 Mile Hike (Each Way) On The Snowy Road To The Pass
|Cottonwood Pass - Elevation 12,126 Feet
April 22, 2012 - It's true I've been to Cottonwood Pass,
a scenic mountain spot on the Continental Divide, countless times.
But today was special, at least because I walked to the pass on mainly snow-covered roads. As of today,
Cottonwood Pass is not open to vehicular traffic, and so I drove as far as I could
-- roughly just beyond the Ptarmigan Lake Trailhead -- and
hiked the remaining 2.5 miles. There were no other hikers, no snowmobilers and obviously no other cars.
I had this beautiful place all to myself.
Because I love this area so much, I created a website
with photos and information dedicated to this special place. Enjoy it! :)
Photos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado.
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