Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive: Buena Vista to Altmont

EASY 3 reviews

Cottonwood Pass Scenic Drive: Buena Vista to Altmont is a 57.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Buena Vista, Colorado that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is best used from May until September.

57.9 miles
5898 feet
Point to Point

kid friendly

scenic driving


The Buena Vista half of the pass is paved, while the Almont side is a dirt road, both fine for 2WD cars. Drive closed in winter for snow.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Took this drive recently as far as the pass from BV. The west side was closed due to upcoming road work. Great views at the top, and there was still lots of snow on the pass. Nice drive up the canyon too. I'll return some day to go all the way over to the other side.

scenic driving
Sunday, October 06, 2013

Have done this drive twice, once as a kid with my family. Most recently in 2011 when in Gunnison area when area with boy scouts. beautiful country. Area is definately a destination.

scenic driving
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This drive has it all: beautiful forrest, river, canyon, wildlife and the mountains. I loved it.