Cottonwood Pass Overview
The Gunnison County Board of Supervisors has decided to keep the west side of Cottonwood Pass closed to the public until August 12, 2019.
The Chaffee County side, or east side, of Cottonwood Pass is open to traffic up to the summit. There may be construction work occurring on the east side, and the public can expect up to 30 minute delays.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the closure start and end? (This applies Until August 12, 2019)
The road will be closed from the Summit parking lot to the intersection of CR 209 and CR 742 (Gunnison County side). There will be access to the Summit parking lot except for when striping operations occur.
Where can I find the most up-to-date information about the closure?
This website is up-to-date, and is the best source of information in planning your trip.
When will the Pass likely to be fully open?
August 12, 2019, with the potential for 30 minute construction delays thereafter.
What can I expect when the road is open after August 12, 2019?
Construction will likely be occurring 7-days a week during the summer. There will be flaggers, pilot cars, traffic drums, etc in work zones. Expect delays up to 30 minutes when work is occurring. Please drive safely, our construction workers’ lives depend on it!
When will all of the work be done?
Late summer 2019
What has been done to date, and what is left to do?
A lot of work has been done, but we still have work left to do. Please view the February 11, 2019 presentation given to the Chaffee County Board of County Commissioners (Acrobat, 11.92 MB) to find out more.
Closure and Detour Maps
For a detailed map of closed roads and trailheads, please click on links below:
- Year 2017 (Acrobat, 325 KB)
- Year 2018 (Acrobat, 9.98 MB)
- Year 2019, Before August 12 (Acrobat, 6.71 MB)
- Year 2019, After August 12 (Acrobat, 6.69 MB)
- Snowmobile Advisory (Acrobat, 370 KB)
The Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD) is currently working on two separate, but related projects on Cottonwood Pass.
The first project is in cooperation with Gunnison County, the U.S. Forest Service, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests to improve 12.5 miles of Cottonwood Pass Road from the intersection of CR 209 and CR 742 and extend to the summit. This project is currently under construction. For more information, please visit the Cottonwood Pass West Side project page.
The second project is in cooperation with Chaffee County, the U.S. Forest Service, Pike and San Isabel National Forests to improve 18.5 miles of Cottonwood Pass Road from the summit, where the CO FLAP 209(1) Cottonwood Pass ends, east to County Road 321 at the Town of Buena Vista western limit. This project is currently under construction. For more information, please visit the Cottonwood Pass East Side project page.
Key Project Dates
West Side Construction: Spring 2017 - Summer 2019
East Side Construction: Spring 2018 - Summer 2019
Project Manager: James Herlyck
Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228