Cotton Creek Trail #749

Area Status: Open
Trailhead Sign

The Cotton Creek Trail is 13.1 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 962 and ends at Forest Trail #745. Trail is well marked and maintained. It follow the creek through a rugged, steep canyon and diverse scenery, with views of high peaks and many beautiful wildflowers in season. Some stream crossings can be tricky if water level is high. Attractions are fishing in creeks and lakes, and many good campsites. Teacup Lake presents an opportunity for primitive route finding.

The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Backpacking, Horseback Riding, Dispersed Camping, and Wildflower Viewing

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Crestone, CO

General Information


From Alamosa travel on Highway 17 to county road AA, travel east for 5 miles, turn north on gravel road for 2 miles, turn east, travel 2 miles to trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Moderate

River and Stream Fishing

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Moderate


Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Viewing Plants

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
13.1 miles

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  Elevation : 
10,000 - 11,000