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Cottonwood Pass

One of my favorite drives in Colorado in the summer is up and over Cottonwood Pass.  The drive through this mountain wonderland is a shortcut to Crested Butte and Taylor Park Reservoir.

At the summit, elevation is 12,126 feet high. Be prepared for chilly and windy conditions. You’ll probably need a jacket, even in the heart of summer.

Looking east from Cottonwood Pass Summit

The west side of the pass is a dirt road. Regular cars should be able to pass on it just fine.

Take time at the summit to soak in the views or maybe even do a little hiking.

I stop at the summit every time I drive the pass.

Looking west from Cottonwood Pass Summit

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