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.
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.