Cottonwood Lake

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This beautiful lake at approximately 9,600 feet has a campground and many fine montane habitats, including mixed-conifer forest with scattered aspen and a large willow carr just upstream from the lake; watch for Wilson’s Snipe, Fox Sparrow and Cooper’s Hawk. The cliffs opposite the lake can provide views of mountain goats, and the canyon has bighorn sheep also. A trip here in the warmer months will be well-rewarded.

County: Chaffee
Habitat: Pond/Lake/Reservoir, Mixed Conifer Forest, Streamside Willow, Krummholz, Alpine Tundra

Directions: From the traffic light in Buena Vista, go west on 306 (Cottonwood Pass Road) about 5.5 miles to Road 344 (dirt) and turn left. The lake is along this road in about three miles.

Delorme: 59 B7
Roads of Colorado: 102 A1

Dates of Access: Campground open mid-May to mid-September
Hours:
Ownership: US Forest Service
Admission: Camping fee

Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Parking: Yes
Lodging: Tent and RV camping

Handicapped: Yes
Handicapped Access: Two accessible fishing piers at the picnic area

Elevation: 9565
Latitude: 38.78166
Longitude: -106.27766

Amenities

RestroomsYes
Drinking FountainYes
Gravel TrailsYes
Paved TrailsNo
Platform/BlindYes
BoardwalkNo
ConcessionNo
Visitor CenterNo
Gift ShopNo
PrimitiveNo
CampingYes
PicnicYes
Hunting
FishingYes