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Colorado Snowfall - A Drive To The Cottonwood Pass Gate (March 29, 2007)

Chaffee County Road 306 Steve In the middle of the day, I made the drive west on Chaffee County Road 306 to the Cottonwood Pass gate. It was snowing and visibility was poor, but I was in the mood for a drive and had my music blasting in my car. Here are a couple of shots at the beginning just east of the Rainbow Lake Resort entrance.
Snowfall The snow intensified and I did my best to capture some creative photos of the snowfall.
Cottonwood Pass Road
Cottonwood Pass Road
Two more photos of the road as I headed west.
Denny Creek Trailhead Parking Lot
Colorado Snow
Denny Creek Trailhead Sign
At the Denny Creek Trailhead area (where the closing gate exists), a great way to show how hard the snow was coming down was to use the Denny Creek Trailhead sign as an object to focus on.

Here are some of my other snow-related pages of the Cottonwood Pass region:
  • Snow Photos (October 20, 2006)
  • Snow (October 8, 2006)
  • Windy Snowstorm (September 16, 2006)
  • Remaining Snow In The Forest (June 17, 2006)
  • Cottonwood Pass Road Gate The Cottonwood Pass gate. Nobody was around while I was up there, with just one truck in the parking lot.
    Snowy Aspens
    Snowy Creek
    I captured a shot of the very tall and aged aspens that stand near Denny Creek, and the partly iced Denny Creek looked beautiful with the blanket of snow.
    Cottonwood Pass Snowmobile Interestingly, no snowmobilers were around. The snow really was coming down fairly hard, which is not ideal for good snowmobiling conditions. Still, I would think the local snowmobilers must be happy over this being the third consecutive day of snowfall! :)

    These pictures were submitted by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, Colorado. His web site is


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