Cottonwood   
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Radium, Lava Creek
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 402 4.00 7,800 to 10,090 ft. NA 1-2 hours
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest,
Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Hwy 24 (P.O. Box 190)
Minturn, Colorado 81645
(970)963-2266
Summary: Cottonwood road follows Cottonwood Creek into the forest connecting with the Sheephorn road, FR 401.
Attractions: Hunting
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - Nov 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - Possible snow drifts
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are many dispersed camp sites along the Cottonwood road. Some are larger sites used as hunting base camps.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the other roads around Sheephorn and Cottonwood Basin.
Fall Colors: Very Good - There are large open meadows along the lower section with views of the surrounding aspen groves.
Navigation: From Wolcott, CO. head northwest on Colorado Hwy 131 North toward Yacht Club Drive and go 13.6 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 1/Trough Rd and go 9.6 miles. Turn right onto Route 11 and go 1.0 mile. Turn right onto Cottonwood Creek Rd and go 0.7 miles. Take a sharp left to stay on Cottonwood Creek Rd and go 1.5 miles to a kiosk where you enter public lands. Continue on the road your on which becomes Cottonwood, FR 402.

From Kremmling head south on Colorado Hwy 9 S/6th Street toward Eagle Ave and continue to follow Colorado Hwy 9 South for 2.3 miles. Turn right onto County Rd 1/Trough Rd and go 14.7 miles. Turn left onto Route 11 and go 1.0 mile. Turn right onto Cottonwood Creek Rd and go 0.7 miles. Take a sharp left to stay on Cottonwood Creek Rd and go 1.5 miles to a kiosk where you enter public lands. Continue on the road your on which becomes Cottonwood, FR 402.
History:
Description:
Cottonwood road climbs up through large open meadows toward Cottonwood Peak. As the aspen stands get thicker you will pass a lot of dispersed campsites. Most of these sites are used during hunting season. The aspen groves will give way to thicker pine forests and you will continue to climb.

There will be a major intersection. Stay to the right. The left road will deadend in just over a mile. From the intersection you will continue through dense pine forests following a maintained graded road. After approximately 1.5 miles you wll come to another intersection. The left will take you onto the Sheephorn road, FR401, continuing straight ahead is the Cottonwood Basin road, FR444.
Data updated: February 26, 2014      4WD Road driven: August 31, 2013      Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2014