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Camping at Cottonwood Lake Campground

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Cottonwood Lake Campground is located within the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, which encompass a large area in western Colorado. This campground offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreational activities in a serene mountain setting.

Access and Location

To access the Cottonwood Lake Campground, visitors typically follow local roads from nearby towns such as Paonia or Delta in Colorado. Exact directions can vary, so it's important to check maps or local forest service information before departing. The campground's elevation is high, which can result in cool temperatures, especially at night, even in the summer.

Camping and Facilities

Cottonwood Lake Campground generally provides basic amenities suitable for tent camping, RVs, and trailers, although specific hookups such as electricity or sewer may not be available. Facilities often include:

  • Campsites with picnic tables and fire rings
  • Vault toilets
  • Potable water
  • Gravel or dirt access roads and parking spurs

The number of campsites and the exact amenities can vary, so campers should verify current details with the forest service or a local ranger district.


Visitors to Cottonwood Lake Campground can engage in a plethora of activities, including:

  • Fishing: Cottonwood Lake is typically stocked with trout, offering anglers a chance to fish in a beautiful mountain setting.
  • Hiking: Numerous trails in the area offer opportunities to explore the surrounding forests, meadows, and alpine environments.
  • Boating: Small non-motorized boats are often allowed on Cottonwood Lake, providing a peaceful boating experience.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The region is home to a range of wildlife, including elk, mule deer, and various bird species, making it an excellent spot for wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Photography: The scenic landscape provides ample subjects for photographers looking to capture the beauty of the natural environment.

Reservations and Fees

Campsites at Cottonwood Lake Campground may be available on a first-come, first-served basis or through reservations, depending on the season and policy at the time of your visit. Fees are typically charged per night, with rates varying based on the type of site and amenities provided. It is advisable to check the latest fees and reservation policies through the USDA Forest Service website or a third-party reservation system that the site might use.


  • Altitude: The high altitude of the campground can affect visitors not accustomed to it. It's important to stay hydrated and give yourself time to acclimatize.
  • Weather: The weather can change rapidly, so come prepared with layers and be aware of the potential for afternoon thunderstorms, especially in the summer.
  • Wildlife Safety: Store food and scented items securely to avoid attracting bears and other wildlife.
  • Leave No Trace: Adhere to Leave No Trace principles to preserve the area's natural beauty for future visitors.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, always check the latest campground status, weather forecasts, and any alerts or advisories issued by the forest service before heading out.

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