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Scenic Drive to Cottonwood Lake
October 1 @ 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Cottonwood Lake/Mineral Basin
Time: 9am – 2pm
Recommended equipment: 4×4 vehicle, no driving experience necessary.
Staging area: Avery Parsons Elementary School on Main Street. Staging at 8:45am, leaving at 9:00am.
Limit: 10 Vehicles
The Cottonwood Lake Trail is a short, easy drive that allows for campground camping and several recreation opportunities in close proximity to downtown Buena Vista. The Cottonwood Lake Trail follows CR 344 along South Cottonwood Creek until it reaches Cottonwood Lake. The trail then continues around the lake to the Cottonwood Lake Campground and connects to the Mineral Basin Trail. Mineral Basin allows for access to the area above the lake for further exploration and off-roading. Cottonwood Lake offers shore fishing and a boat launch for non-motorized water craft. Many times you will find stand-up paddlers, canoes, kayaks, inflatable rafts and fishermen in float tubes enjoying the water based recreation the lake provides.