Home | Getting Started | Gift Center | Gear Store | Topo Maps | My Wildernet | Newsletter Signup
STATE:
ACTIVITY:
SEARCH:

Snowshoeing: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Salida Ranger District

Quick Facts

Cottonwood Lake Campground





Satellite and Topo Map




General Description

The Cottonwood Lake Campground is about one mile west of Cottonwood Lake and is wooded with small aspen trees. The entrance station is located at the first access road tot he campground. The site receives heavy use during the summer on weekends and holidays.

This campground has 28 sites most of which can accommodate RVs between 35-40 feet. Campsite parking pads are not level. A number of campsites are ideal for tents. An amphitheater is located behind the entrance station. Slide shows and other interpretive programs are held on most weekends.

Fishing is accessible in nearby Cottonwood Lake and along South Cottonwood Creek. Beaver ponds are located at the Poplar Gulch Trailhead, four miles west of the campground. The Poplar Gulch Trail is six miles long and open to motorized vehicles less than 40 feet in width. Dispersed camping is available one mile west of the campground. No services are provided for dispersed campers. They must pack their trash out of the area.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Add your own trip Report! Newly re-released feature. One of the most popular features on Wildernet, trip reports allow you to share your experiences with others. This is an invaluable resource for determining what to expect on your outdoor adventure, so please participate! To prevent spamming, you must be a registered user of Wildernet in order to submit a trip report

No trip reports filed to date. Please be the first one to do so!



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Family Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON RV Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Tent Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Trailer Camping Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing South Cottonwood Creek Road
No
ICON Cold Water Fishing Cottonwood Lake, South Cottonwood Creek, beaver ponds at Poplar Gulch Trailhead
No
ICON Four-Wheel Driving South Cottonwood Road, Grassy Gulch Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
No
ICON Horseback Riding Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail, South Cottonwood Road
Yes
ICON Hunting Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
No
ICON Small Game Hunting Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
No
ICON Animal Identification Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
No
ICON Bird Identification Colorado Trail, Poplar Gulch Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
Yes
ICON Mushroom Identification Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
Yes
ICON Pine Cone Gathering Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
Yes
ICON Wildflower Identification Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
Yes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Cottonwood Lake, South Cottonwood Creek
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, South Cottonwood Creek Road, Colorado Trail (south of Cottonwood Pass Road)
Yes
ICON ATV Riding South Cottonwood Road, Grassy Gulch Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding South Cottonwood Creek Road, Grassy Gulch Road
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Cottonwood Pass Road
No
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
No
ICON Snowshoeing South Cottonwood Creek Road
Yes
ICON Attending Talks & Programs Cottonwood Lake Campground
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
No
ICON Viewing Wildlife Poplar Gulch Trail, Colorado Trail, Mt. Yale Trail, Browns Pass Trail, Hartenstein Trail
No



Related Activities
Cottonwood Lake - Cottonwood Lake lies south of Cottonwood Pass. It provides an opportunity for lake and stream fishing in a beautiful mountain setting. Hiking, biking and four-wheel driving are accessible from this site.

Cottonwood Lake Picnic Ground - The Cottonwood Lake Picnic Ground has 19 sites that include a table and fireplace. Recreation opportunities accessible from this site include fishing, boating, four-wheel driving, hiking and horseback riding.

Poplar Gulch Trail - The Poplar Gulch Trail leads north miles from St. Elmo to South Cottonwood Creek. It traverses 2 scenic valleys and over a high saddle for views of the Sawatch Mountain Range.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Salida Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 325 Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, 81201, Phone: 719-539-3591, Fax: 719-539-3593

Market Place

Garmin eTrex Summit GPS

Consider this...

Check it out...





About Wildernet |  Email to a Friend  |  Disclaimer |  Privacy |  Contact Us  | Comments & Suggestions
Advertisers & Sponsors |  Owners & Operators |  Tourism Promotors
©1995-2014 Interactive Outdoors Inc. All rights reserved.