Cottonwood Pass Summit


Cottonwood Pass summit

The summit of Cottonwood Pass is located at an elevation of 12,126 feet. Views from the top show both sides of the Continental Divide. The road is closed by snow from November until late May.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:
Usage: Medium
Best Season: Summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Buena Vista, Colorado
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Salida Ranger District

General Information


This site is not universally accessible.


From Buena Vista, travel west on County Road 306 for 18 miles to the summit of Cottonwood Pass.


Parking is available for 15-20 vehicles


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12,126 Feet