Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive Buena Vista to Altmont

Almont, Colorado

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A 60-mile-long paved and gravel road that crosses 12,126-foot Cottonwood Pass on the Continental Divide and follows the Taylor River to Almont. The Sawatch Range lines the west side of the Arkansas River Valley, its high peaks soaring to meet the clouds and sky. The road makes a spectacular backcountry tour that is easily accessible from the Front Range cities. It threads up Cottonwood Creek past beaver ponds and the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, loops above timberline to the pass summit, and drops down through broad Taylor Park and the Taylor River Canyon to Almont and the Gunnison River. Special attractions: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, Mount Yale, Cottonwood Pass, Taylor Reservoir, Taylor Canyon, Continental Divide, Colorado Trail, camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, and flyfishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Colorado

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Scenic Driving Colorado

by Stewart Green (Falcon Guides)

A 60-mile-long paved and gravel road that crosses 12,126-foot Cottonwood Pass on the Continental Divide and follows the Taylor River to Almont. The Sawatch Range lines the west side of the Arkansas River Valley, its high peaks soaring to meet the clouds and sky.

The road makes a spectacular backcountry tour that is easily accessible from the Front Range cities. It threads up Cottonwood Creek past beaver ponds and the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, loops above timberline to the pass summit, and drops down through broad Taylor Park and the Taylor River Canyon to Almont and the Gunnison River. Special attractions: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, Mount Yale, Cottonwood Pass, Taylor Reservoir, Taylor Canyon, Continental Divide, Colorado Trail, camping, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, and flyfishing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Almont
Distance: 60
Season: Late spring through autumn
Local Contacts: San Isabel National Forest, Gunnison National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive: Buena Vista to Altmont

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2007
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Great drive. A “must” if you are touring the area. Road from Buena Vista to Cottonwood Pass is paved with good mountain slope and forest views. Views of the Continental Divide from Cottonwood Pass are excellent. A short hike to the top of the knob west from the pass greatly expands the view or, alternately, a shorter hike to the top of the ridge above the picnic area that is 1 mile north of the pass also yields a great view. The road down to Taylor Reservoir is dirt but excellent and scenic. The road from Taylor Reservoir to Altmont is a windy drive on paved road next to scenic Taylor River. This is an easy, very scenic drive for a standard vehicle.



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May 2018