Cottonwood Pass

Roadwork on Cottonwood Pass consists of East Side and West Side projects.

Overview of Projects

West Side Project

East Side Project

Cottonwood Pass East Side

Construction Updates

Cottonwood Pass is currently open from Buena Vista to the Holy Water Parking Area. Road closures and delays will occur in 2018, but have not yet begun. This website will be updated when closures and delays begin.

Closure and Detour Maps

For a detailed map of closed roads and trailheads, please click on links below:

Project Description

Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD) in cooperation with Chaffee County, the U.S. Forest Service, Pike and San Isabel National Forests propose improvements to Cottonwood Pass Road. The project would begin at the summit, where the CO FLAP 209(1) Cottonwood Pass ends, and would continue 18.5 miles east to County Road 321 at the Town of Buena Vista western limit. The upper 0.5 mile section is proposed to be widened and shifted into the cut slope to avoid an embankment failure slipout, address failing guardrail, and to provide a rockfall storage area. Rehabilitation is proposed for the remaining 18 miles, including subgrade stabilization; rock scaling, guardrail replacement, selected culvert replacement and installation, signing and striping, pulverization, and asphalt. A construction option to build a 6-foot wide bike lane on both sides of the road, from County Road 342 to 321, will be developed. The proposed bike lanes would connect with existing 6-foot wide bike lanes within the Town of Buena Vista. The bike lane option is not currently funded.

The Cottonwood Pass East Side will be open in 2017, including the summit parking lot. The Cottonwood Pass West Side will be closed past the summit parking lot for construction.

It is anticipated a significant portion of the eastern segment will be closed for construction in 2018. Access to businesses and residences will remain open, although delays are anticipated. The exact timing and durations of proposed delays and closures will be determined through project development.

For an overview of both projects, visit:

Key Project Dates

Advertise: Winter 2017
Construction: Spring – Fall 2018

Project Photos

Slide and guardrail failure near summit

Slide and guardrail failure near summit.

Overlook of upper segment of road

Overlook of upper segment of road.

Map showing general vicinity of project
View a larger interactive map of the project area.

Project Details
Project # CO FLAP CHA 306(1)
Project Name Cottonwood Pass East Side
Location Chaffee County
FLMA Pike San Isabel National Forest
Status Under Construction

Contact Information

Project Manager: James Herlyck
Phone: 720-963-3698

Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228