Cottonwood Pass open sign

The sign said it all Sept. 19.

Chaffee County Road & Bridge Department announced in a press release Tuesday its plans to reopen Cottonwood Pass for the summer season Thursday, May 27.

Working in concert with Gunnison County Public Works Department, Road & Bridge anticipates the pass will be cleared on both sides of the county line at 4 p.m. and open to vehicular traffic at that time.

Cottonwood Pass crosses the Continental Divide at 12,120 feet, connecting Chaffee and Gunnison counties on Chaffee County Road 306 and Gunnison County Road 209.

The Pass is generally closed from early October through mid-May due to heavy snow accumulation.

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