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Cottonwood Lake Campground

Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, Colorado

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  • The entrance to Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical campsite at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Potable water at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • An elevated site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Vault toilets at Cottwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
  • Typical site at Cottonwood Lake Campground.- Cottonwood Lake Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic. Well maintained. Nearby recreation.
Cons: 
Summer crowds.
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Region:
Sawatch Range + Elk Mountains, CO
Managed by: 
Forest Service
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer
Reservations possible: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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After a long day full of fishing and boating on Cottonwood Lake, off-roading and horseback riding nearby mountain trails, or simply relaxing and watching wildlife, even the most dedicated adventure seekers need a place to lay their head for the night.

Less than a half hour from Buena Vista lies Cottonwood Lake and a host of outdoor recreation options. Just beyond the lake is Cottonwood Lake Campground, where meticulously maintained private sites tucked between aspens with lake views are not uncommon.

The two dozen campsites are available by first-come, first-serve for a rate of $20.00. The campground gets busy and often fills up during summer weekends. Sites can accommodate RVs up to 35 feet, but there are no hookups. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire ring, and there are vault toilets as well as water spigots in the facility. Sites also have a flat pad to pitch a tent, and most campers will wake up with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains.

The Cottwood Lake Campground is open from late May to early September.

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