Cottonwood Lake, Colorado

Welcome To Cottonwood Lake

Cottonwood Lake is located inside South Cottonwood Canyon in the San Isabel National Forest, approximately eight miles west of Buena Vista, Colorado.

At 9,552 feet in elevation, the lake and area offer a multitude of outdoor activities including fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking and 4-wheeling in the summer, and snowmobiling, cross-county skiing, ice skating and ice fishing in the winter.

The trailheads to many nearby Colorado fourteeners are within a short driving distance from Cottonwood Lake. Below are photos, campground information and more.

"The mountains are calling, and I must go." -John Muir
Cottonwood Lake, Colorado
Photo Above: Cottonwood Lake as seen from the top of Sheep Mountain.

Starting To Thaw In Late April

Fall Colors On Chaffee County Road 344

Cycling To The Lake

Frozen In January.

Fall Colors Drive

Ice Hockey In November

The elevation at Cottonwood Lake is 9552 feet.
Cottonwood Lake, CO

Winter is a glorious season.
Cottonwood Lake, Colorado

Summer Camping At The Lake Camping Vacation

(By Megan K. in Austin, Texas)

Minivans, while completely un-sexy, have an amazing ability to carry untold numbers of people, dogs and all their accompanying "stuff."

Last summer my dog rescue friend Debi, her four school age kids and three medium to large breed dogs in addition to myself and my two German Shepherds all piled into her light blue minivan and traveled from Austin, Texas to spend a fabulous week at Cottonwood Lake.

We stayed at the Cottonwood Lake campground ... Read Entire Article

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Cottonwood Lake
Clear Water
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Colorado Summer

Fall Foliage
Autumn's Colorful Foliage

Fall Foliage Gallery

Area Web Sites: Buena Vista, CO | Mt. Princeton | St. Elmo Ghost Town | Cottonwood Pass

Area Photo Galleries: Mount Yale | Elk Herd | Browns Creek Falls | Mount Harvard | Snow at Cottonwood Pass

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