A portion of Section 3 of the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route will be closed for the entire 2017 summer riding season. Cottonwood Pass which travels over the Continental Divide from Taylor Park on the west to Buena Vista on the east, will be closed this summer (2017). The pass is dirt on the west side and paved on the east. The state is re-routing and paving the west side of the pass and they have decided to close the pass all together to traffic while the construction takes place.
The COBDR route will be temporarily changed to go over Old Monarch Pass and down the paved section of Monarch Pass into Salida. From Salida the route will go slightly east and north along Aspen Ridge where the route will get on Hwy 24 into Buena Vista so you may rejoin the existing route.
This change does however miss the town of Pitkin, which is a great little town to visit for gas and food. If you don’t mind traveling a little bit out of your way to visit them, we know they will appreciate it because of the closure.