Cottonwood Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Cottonwood Lake

The campground is situated on a gently sloping hillside surrounded by aspen trees, within walking distance to the lake.  It is a popular campground for anglers and sites fill up quickly on weekends. If the campground is full, dispersed camping is not permitted along road 344 until half-mile west of Cottonwood Lake.

Prior to Memorial Day weekend and after Labor Day, camphosts may not be on site.



At a Glance

Current Conditions: Water will not be available for the 2021 season.
Operational Hours: Check out: 12 pm (noon)
Quiet hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Reservations: First-come, first-served. No reservations are accepted.
$20 per site for overnight camping. Two vehicles or one RV per site is included in the camping fee. $6.00 for a third vehicle. $7.00 fee for day use if not camping overnight. Fees are payable by cash, check or money order. Self-servicing fee tube is available. Sites must be occupied the first night of payment. Interagency Senior/Access passes valid for 50% discount to the camping fee for one site.
Open Season: May 17, 2021 - October 18, 2021
  • Maximum 8 persons per site.
  • Vehicles must park on the parking pads provided.
  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • No discharge of firearms or fireworks.
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, Colorado
Water: No water available. Bring drinking water.
Restroom: Yes, 2 accessible toilets
Operated By: Rocky Mountain Recreation Company
Information Center: Salida Ranger District at (719) 539-3591.

General Information


From Buena Vista, Main Street will leave the city limits and will continue west as County Road 306, also known as the Cottonwood Pass road. Stay on this road for about 6 miles then turn left at County Road 344 for about 3 miles.


Parking is permitted on the parking pads provided at each campsite. Do not park on the main campground roadway.

General Notes:

Segment 13 of the Colorado Trail can be accessed on Chaffee County 344 approximately 1/2 mile south of the intersection with Chaffee County Rd 306 (Cottonwood Pass Road). There is a small dirt parking area on the east side of the road.

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