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Snow Scenery At Cottonwood Pass, Colorado

Photos of Mountains and Snow; Cottonwood Pass Is Open For Summer Season - May 27, 2010

Scenic Drive To Cottonwood Pass - Chaffee County, Colorado
Cottonwood Pass (elevation 12,126 feet) on the Continental Divide opened for vehicular traffic two days ago. On this sunny Colorado morning, I enjoyed the scenic drive from Buena Vista to Cottonwood Pass. Below are 13 Colorado snow and mountain scenery photos for your enjoyment! :) Colorado Scenery
My first photo taken was about one mile uphill from the Denny Creek Trailhead. Plenty of snow remain in the mountains, as you can see.
Colorado Mountain Scenery
Upward I continued on Chaffee County Road 306. Some maps refer to this as "Cottonwood Pass Road."
Colorado Scenery
Approaching the final switchbacks with snow surrounding the road.
Cottonwood Pass
Snow surrounds the Cottonwood Pass sign. As notied, this is located on the Continental Divide, which divides watersheds of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
Snow Scenery
It has become an continual habit of mine to find beautiful Colorado snow in the Rocky Mountains ... and to display them to shock people who live in hot weather regions like Arizona, Texas or Florida. Look at all that snow! This is a large snow bank created by plow trucks. :)
Colorado Snow Scenery
Another angle showing this large mass of snow.

Here are other Colorado snow pages during May and June: Independence Pass, Waterdog Lakes Trail and Buena Vista, CO Snow.

Colorado Rocky Mountains
The views of the Rocky Mountains are outstanding at Cottonwood Pass. This is a shot facing west of the divide, toward Gunnison County. Traveled west from Cottonwood Pass to eventually reach Taylor Park Reservoir and Taylor Canyon, within proximity to Tincup, Almont, Gunnison and Crested Butte.
Colorado Scenery
A closer view of the mountains. The three snowy peaks are known as the Three Apostles. Ice Mountain (alt. 13,951 feet) is the tallest mountain right of center. Also, Colorado 14er Huron Peak can been seen on the right - it's pointed peak is positioned to the right of the third apostle.
Colorado Mountain Scenery
The grand shot of the mountains on the Chaffee County side of the divide.

The last major switchback on the right.
Colorado Scenery
I have visited Cottonwood Pass so many times that over time I collected many of my photos and created a website dedicated it: www.CottonwoodPass.net. If you love the mountains, whether for hiking, camping, fishing or biking, this region west of Buena Vista, Colorado is a special place.
Jones Mountain, CO
I zoomed-in on Jones Mountain (alt. 13,221 feet), the peak on the right. I climbed this mountain last summer and had the entire summit to myself. :)
Snow Cornice
Notice the large snow cornices on the divide. Definitely be careful and avoid snow cornices if you hike in the area.

Photos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. Facebook: ColoradoGuy.com Fan Page - Twitter: @SteveGarufi.