tagged camping, Colorado, Cottonwood Pass, Crested Butte, Lake Irwin, lake irwin campground and united states
From Leadville, we drove on smaller roads through a few mountain passes to get to the Crested Butte region. It was a beautiful drive, green pine and aspen filled mountains littered with wildflowers. It’s green everywhere except at the peaks where the mountains snow has yet to melt, like at the top of the Cottonwood Pass. Eventually, the peaks, pines and flowers give way to a peaceful, serene Lake Irwin. It kind of feels like you discovered something or stumbled on a little treasure. I should keep this little place to myself, but it’s too good not to share. There is a campground here, with about 20 campsites (a few are right on the water). This by far was my favorite place to stay this whole trip.