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Photos of Wonderful Colorado Snow and Mountains At The Continental Divide - June 4, 2011

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Cottonwood Pass Opens For 2011

Yesterday afternoon I learned Cottonwood Pass opened for vehicular traffic, and this morning I went for a scenic drive to the top. I knew there would be tons of wonderful snow when I passed these large snow banks with miles to go. :)

Colorado Snow Traveling upward. More snow.

When Cottonwood Pass is open (roughly during the summer months), this route is a short cut from Buena Vista to Taylor Park Reservoir, Tincup, Crested Butte and other points in Gunnison County.

Cottonwood Pass, CO Above timberline. Look at all that snow!
Large Snowbank I turned around and parked my car along this massive snow bank. Friends, I have spent so much time at Cottonwood Pass in the past eight years, and this is the most snow I have ever seen along the road for early June.
Chaffee County Road 306 It feels surreal with vertical walls of snow on each side.
Cottonwood Pass, CO

Cottonwood Pass - Elevation 12,126 Feet

I would like to dedicate this snowy mountain photo gallery to my many friends in hot weather states like Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida and Arizona. :)

Colorado Rocky Mountains

Colorado Rocky Mountains

TOP: The grand view on the Gunnison County side of the divide. Ice Mountain, one of the "Three Apostles," are the loftiest peaks on the right.

SECOND: Look at that snowy mountain wonderland! This is the Chaffee County (east) side of the pass. Jones Mountain, a 13er on the right, is a mountain I climbed two years ago.

Large Snow Large bulldozers plowed the snow and created huge snow castles! :D
Continental Divide Trail The Continental Divide Trail is still covered up. Having snowshoes is a good idea for this time of year.
Cottonwood Pass, Colorado Coming back down the pass.

Some of my other pages from this region:

  • Mt. Kreutzer
  • Turner Peak
  • Ptarmigan Lake
  • Hartenstein Lake
  • Unnamed 12,792' Peak
  • Sunset
  • Fall Colors
  • 2010 Snow
  • Colorado Rocky Mountains Below timberline. Pretty mountain scenery!

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    Video At Cottonwood Pass

    NEVER... EVER... stop believing! On any given day, we can get hammered with snow in Colorado! *Keep hope alive!* Snow baby snow!

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