|Facilities: There are no facilities available along South Cottonwood to Chalk Creek. Bootleg Campground is located about 1/2 mile south of the Chalk Creek trailhead.|
Best Time To Visit: South Cottonwood to Chalk Creek is open spring, summer, early fall and winter.
Fees: A parking fee may be charged.
Accessibility: This area is not handicap accessible.
Directions: To get to South Cottonwood to Chalk Creek from (north) Leadville & (south) Salida: Take Highway 24 as it travels north and south through Buena Vista. A single stoplight is located on this highway, near the center of Buena Vista. From the stoplight, turn west, traveling toward Cottonwood Pass. The road travels along the western edge of Buena Vista and then continues as County Road 306 (Cottonwood Pass).To access the trail from Chalk Creek, travel west from Nathrop on County Road 162, for approximately 6.5 miles. An information kiosk and parking area is located on the right side of County Road 162. Across from the kiosk is County Road 291. County Road 291 drops steeply to the left of County Road 162. Take CR 291 down to the Colorado Trail trailhead. Camping is not permitted at the trailhead.To access the trail from South Cottonwood, travel west on County Road 306 for 7 miles, then turn left on County Road 344. The trail crosses the road about 1/2 mile south.
Map: Click here for a map to South Cottonwood to Chalk Creek
Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted to hike South Cottonwood to Chalk Creek.