Cottonwood Pass Overview
Construction on the west side has started and is expected to be finished in the late fall of 2018. The road will be closed to all public traffic during construction. The closure will begin at the intersection of CR 209 and CR 742 and extend to the summit. Emergency vehicle access will be allowed at all times, as weather permits. The majority of the summit parking lot will remain open to the public, and can be accessed from Buena Vista to the east. The Continental Divide Trail will remain open and can be accessed from the eastern side of the pass. The Timberline Trail will remain open to trail users, but no access from the road will be permitted.
Closure and Detour Maps
For a detailed map of closed roads and trailheads, please click on links below:
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 design. For more information, please visit the Cottonwood Pass East Side project page.
Key Project Dates
West Side Construction: Spring 2017 - Fall 2018
East Side Construction: Spring 2018 - Fall 2018
Project Manager: James Herlyck
Federal Highway Administration
Central Federal Lands Highway Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228