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Cottonwood Lake

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Address: San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, CO 81236
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This is a nice place to drive when your out and about on a scenic drive.Nice places to stop along the way and once you get there Plenty to do and see from trails to fishing or... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Michael O
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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97 reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

This is a nice place to drive when your out and about on a scenic drive.Nice places to stop along the way and once you get there Plenty to do and see from trails to fishing or having a picnic it worth going to

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 17 August 2016

We really enjoy taking our canoe on Cottonwood Lake. It is a beautiful spot to get away from the busy world and relax.

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Thank maryo162016
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

I like to head out this way to just have a nice relaxing time and adventure in another area away from home. The campsite here is very well maintained, and you can also go down the dirt road and find other campsites scattered about. The lake has some great little trails around it, as well as you can kayak or... More 

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Thank Kristin N
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Cottonwood Lake is one of those peaceful hamlets it was nice to come across. You can hike almost all the way around, and it is a very quiet and relaxing place to spend some time. Now that I am back in 'the city', I appreciate it even more...

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Thank Michael E
Andrews, Texas
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

Incredibly beautiful mountain lake well-stocked with trout. Some of our party just enjoyed walking around the lake while others fished. We wished we'd allotted time for a second trip.

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Thank Donna W
Lakeland, Florida
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

This is a nice lake along which you can hike in the base of the Cottonwood Pass which is also an exhilaration drive at sunset. So, an afternoon lake hike and drive to the top (another 15 minutes) provides a Continental Divide panorama at sunset that is likely to include a view of some distant storms.

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Thank DozenDad
Woodland Park CO
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Cottonwood lake lies in a very beautiful valley about 10-15 minutes out of Buena Vista. Access is via a 3 mile dirt road which seems to deter a lot of the crowds. The lake itself offers good fishing for stocker trout from the bank. It is a small lake with restrictions on boats. No motors are allowed including gas or... More 

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Salida, Colorado
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259 reviews
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

A great lake for those who like to paddle (row boats, kayaks, SUP). No motors allowed. I had a very enjoyable time kayaking and fishing from my kayak. Caught several fish in less than hour. If you paddle on the west end of the lake their are several little inlets to explore that are hidden from view. We plenty of... More 

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Thank Tom B
Buena Park, California
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

I've been hiking around the lake along poplar gulch which was decent. You can hike all the way up to tincup pass by that route, but I've never made it that far. Ive paddle boarded on the lake which was super fun. Good picnic spots. There's a campground there and dispersed camping up the road a bit. I saw red... More 

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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 July 2016

8 miles or so West of Buena Vista on paved highway, followed by three miles of dirt road. The lake is a beauty. Seems the locals use it mostly for fishing, and we saw several people with catches. We went up to look for mountain goats, but we were too late in the day. Go at dawn or dusk and... More 

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