Scenic USA - Colorado

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Cottonwood Lake

Cottonwood Lake

Photo by Albert Yanowich Jr.
Albert's Photo Gallery

     Cottonwood Lake lies to the west of Buena Vista, along with one of the largest clusters of 14,000 foot peaks in North America. Here, part of the Sawatch Range are the Collegiate Peaks, noted for their Ivy League names. Cottonwood Lake is tucked between Mount Princeton and Mount Yale, and snuggled up to the Continental Divide. Heading west from Buena Vista’s only stoplight in town, CR 306 (Cottonwood Pass Road) and CR 344 lead visitors to Cottonwood Canyon, Cottonwood Pass and this captivating view of Cottonwood Lake.
     This popular lake is great for camping, fishing, kayaking, and picnicking. Although motorized boats are not allowed, the campground fills on weekends. Here, anglers try their luck on South Cottonwood Creek and Cottonwood Lake in search of a prized catch of rainbows. Among these Rocky Mountain peaks at moderate elevations, part of the San Isabel National Forest, mountainsides are covered in aspens, ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. Further up in the high country, lodgepole pine and Engelmann spruce take over. Shortly after the aspens put on their showy golden glow, the area quickly becomes a setting for cross-country skiing, ice skating and ice fishing.



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