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Cottonwood Lake Campground, Pike and San Isabel National Forest, Buena Vista, Colorado

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We really prefer the quiet and privacy of dispersed camping, but this CG is the next best thing. We were lucky and got maybe the best spot, but we could hear or see no other campers from our spot. We were surrounded on all sided by a stand of aspen trees, gorgeous spot. It's a short walk to the lake, if you have a canoe, kayak, or stand-up this is a great area. No ATV's or powered boats allowed, so it's super peaceful and quiet. It was a very mellow atmosphere. As far as the CG itself, level spots, nice tent pad spots available, a few pull through's, very spaced out. The pit toilets were very well kept. The road out is better than I expected. The last 4 miles is dirt, but the washboard is only occasional and not bad at all. My only wish is that there were hiking trails closer. You have to head back that 4 miles to get to where there are several trailheads, including the Colorado Trail. They are great trails though, so worth it. We camped at Cottonwood Lake Campground, Pike and San Isabel National Forest in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring a fishing pole or canoe if you have one, or you'll be wishing you did. Small trout, from what I've heard. Also, there is a marshy area and creeks leading into the lake, so prime Moose sighting area for sure.


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