Is Cottonwood Pass open yet?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Pinky, Jul 7, 2019.

  1. dmac1

    dmac1 Long timer

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    Thanks for that gem.

    Ever haul a big trailer on a steepish, narrow 2 lane road with limited distance visibility and with numerous bicycles spread out in a line in front of a line of cars and rigs, or just you, going 2-5 mph up a looong hill and with no bike lane?

    If not, try your imagination, and now add some moron going the other way at an excessive rate of speed and a conflict suddenly approaching. What do ya do?

    Think it wont happen to somebody? I think otherwise.
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  2. jnclem

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    Actually, yes. I used to run tractor trailers all over the state, and we've hauled large stock trailers with a small pickup in all kinds of weather. I know it gets very sketchy sometimes, but bicycles are part of the traffic stream. As a bicyclist, there are a lot of places I won't ride these days simply because the drivers are so aggressive. Seems like everyone is mad and in a big hurry these days. I'm not accusing you of that BTW, just an observation. A lot of places I won't ride my moto either, same reason. But, also as a bicyclist, if I'm with a group, we are riding single file in conditions like that. There is absolutely no reason for them to be spread out across the road. They also can't be expected to ride the absolute edge. As far as Cottonwood goes, I'd avoid Friday afternoons going west and Sunday afternoons going east if at all possible. I've been doing that on Cottonwood for years. You can always use Monarch.
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  3. jnclem

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    Just FYI, there will be no construction or delays on Cottonwood Friday through Monday this weekend. We are thinking of taking a run over tomorrow.
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  4. jnclem

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    Rode it today. Although I still wish they had left it alone, they seem to have done a great job. I rode my '89 K100RS, and it was a great ride. Traffic was light considering it's the beginning of a holiday weekend. Both sides are in near perfect condition. No striping on the Gunnison side of course. The only real issue is that a lot of the right-handlers have a lot of gravel on them because people don’t seem to be able to keep their trailers on the road.

    We followed a guy up from BV that was pulling a relatively small camping trailer behind a pickup. He was crossing the double yellow on his left at every right hand corner, then dropping his wheels off on the right and dragging more gravel onto the road. The road is plenty wide. I wish people had to take some training to pull trailers. There are far too many of them that are a menace on the road.
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  5. 1Gopokes1

    1Gopokes1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    was open today

    one lane at top with follow the flag truck
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  6. jjustj

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    Cottonwood Pass is the second highest pass in Colorado. After nearly two and a half years of being closed, Cottonwood Pass is now open, with fresh pavent on both sides.

    The roadway is currently open for limited vehicle traffic. Cyclists, pedestrians, towed vehicles, trailers, boats, OHVs, campers and vehicles over 36 feet in length and/or over 8.5 feet in width are prohibited until September 17, 2019. Travelers may expect construction delays and a pilot vehicle escort on the western side until the ribbon cutting.
    Please call 970-641-0044 for additional information on restrictions and delays.

    This gorgeous pass is seasonal and will close sometime in October though May. This will create an incredible snowmobile playground with hundreds of miles of groomed trails. So while the sun shines, take the highest paved crossing of the Continental Divide in the U.S. up to its 12,126' summit.

    To get to Cottonwood Pass from Buena Vista, go west on Chaffee County Road 306, (a.k.a. West Main Street). Navigate the numerous switchbacks and wide curves as it journeys through the San Isabel and Gunnison National Forests.

    Buena Vista & Salida, Colorado vacation@colorfulcolorado.com via e2ma.net
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  7. Limey 1

    Limey 1 Been here awhile

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    We did Cottonwood today..Left Gunnison for Buena vista...Breathtaking views and smoooth new blacktop...only had to wait about 15 mins for the road construction crews pilot truck..all of the actual surface work appears to be complete.. they are linestriping and cleaning up ...It is an unbelievable 45 to 50 miles of twisties and severe temperature and elevation changes all the way..There are very sharp 180 turns and its almost mesmerizing having to concentrate on your ride....There are also places whereby if you make a mistake it would be your last.. We ate lunch at the Lariat sports bar in BV..bit pricey but very good and returned back to camp in Gunny....Super must do for your next destination. We ran into light hail on the return trip... gear up for any weather conditions......
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  8. THE_CHAD

    THE_CHAD Been here awhile

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    Construction Updates
    Cottonwood Pass is open, paved, and striped. Trailer, vehicle, and bicycle restrictions are now lifted. There are construction operations continuing, and the public can expect short delays. Please drive safely, our construction workers’ lives depend on it!

    The Summit Parking Lot will be closed September 18th and 19th. Any parked vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Why has Gunnison County implemented vehicle restrictions?
    For the safety of the public and constructions workers while construction operations are occurring.

    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 all of the work be done?
    Fall 2019
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  9. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer Supporter

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    I ran it from Taylor to BV on Tuesday Wow. Totally different feel than the dirt road obviously, but will be a most excellent road ride (if you catch it sans traffic). Definitely going to try and make it down there again before "winter". It'll be interesting how well it holds up over the winter....
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