|View from Cottonwood Pass looking east.|
The winding and steep road to Cottonwood Pass was recently closed for two years for repaving and other improvements. It reopened in October 2019, offering tourists spectacular 360 degree views. The road is the third-highest paved road in the state and the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the United States. At 12,119 feet at the divide, Cottonwood Pass Road is often closed during winter months beginning in October or November, and usually opening back up in May.
|View from Cottonwood Pass looking west.|
Directions: From Buena Vista, turn west on Main Street and continue for 6.5 miles. The road is also known as County Road 306 (known locally as Cottonwood Pass Road). Turn left onto County Road 344 for 3.4 miles (gravel road). To get to the pass, return to CR 306 and turn left (west) and drive 12.3 miles.