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

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Avalanche Trailhead

Elevation: 9,300 Feet (2899.0 Meters)

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General Description

Avalanche Trailhead is located 6 miles west of Buena Vista on Cottonwood Pass. It provides access to Segment 13 of the Colorado Trail that leads from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek. Overnight parking is permitted at this site. Two vault toilets are provided on site. Avalanche Trailhead lies immediately east of the winter closure gate on Cottonwood Pass. This makes a great starting point for winter activities on the pass.

Directions from Buena Vista: Drive 7 miles west on Cottonwood Pass (Highway 306).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Year-round (NOTE: No water, trash. Concessionaire operated/Winter recreation access) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Hiking & Walking Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Horseback Riding Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Mountain Biking Avalanche Trailhead - Colorado Trail
ICON Scenic Driving Avalanche Trailhead - Cottonwood Pass
ICON Backcountry Skiing Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Backpacking Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Trailhead Parking Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Snowmobiling Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Snowshoeing Avalanche Trailhead
ICON Road Biking Avalanche Trailhead - Cottonwood Pass

Related Activities
Colorado Trail (North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Cr - This segment of the Colorado Trail is known as #13, and leads south from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek. This segment provides access to Mt. Yale and Mt. Princeton fourteeners.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce, 406 West Rainbow Blvd. , Salida, CO, , Phone: 719-539-3591


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