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10360 County Road 120
Salida, Colorado 81201


521 Gregg Drive
Buena Vista, Colorado 81211

Note: The hours below apply to both the Salida & Buena Vista shop locations

Normal Hours
Monday - Friday
7 am - 3:30 pm

Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday
6 am - 4:30 pm


Chaffee County Road & Bridge

County Road 162 Closure

Due to heavy rains and flooding, Chaffee County Road and Bridge is doing emergency repair & road work on County Road 162 near the Agnes Vaille Falls and Chalk Lake Campground.  County Road will be closed tomorrow July 18th and July 19th until road work is complete.  Local traffic will be allowed thru intermittently, please expect delays.

Please contact Chaffee County Road & Bridge with any questions.  719.539.6961.

The Road & Bridge Department is responsible for maintaining approximately 300 miles of roads in Chaffee County. There are 44 bridge structures of various types in Chaffee County. Roads in Chaffee County are maintained at various levels due to current and historic use.

The primary responsibility of the Road and Bridge Department is the routine maintenance of county roads which are on our maintenance program. This includes plowing snow, grading dirt roads, maintaining barrow ditches, cattleguards and drainage along our roads, weed and brush control, and patching asphalt. Roads are assigned maintenance priorities based on traffic volume, seasonal use, type of use and other criteria. Due to the predominately rural and mountainous nature of the County, some roads are maintained on a very limited basis, or in the summer only.

We also make necessary improvements and undertake special projects on an ”as needed” basis, based on priority and available time and equipment. The County operates gravel pits from which our gravel, road base and other materials are hauled as necessary.

Every summer, we apply dust control and/or chip seals to certain sections of roads which are determined to need those treatments.

Our Administration Office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (closed for lunch) and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our mailing address is PO Box 699, Salida, CO 81201. The office is located in the Chaffee County Courthouse in Salida, at 104 Crestone Avenue, Room #125.

If you have problems, suggestions, or questions about maintenance, scheduled improvements, or just need information about a county road, please feel free to call the administration office at 719-539-6961.

Any of us on the crew or in the Administration Office will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Cottonwood Pass Closure/Opening Policy

 From November 1st until June 15th this road is not maintained beyond Denny Creek Trailhead.  Motor vehicles (except snowmobiles, snowcats) are not permitted.  Violators are warned that raod conditions are not suitable for travel.  The cost of rescue of persons or vehicles shall be borne by the violator. 

In the fall gates are open so hunters can access the area.  The road is plowed, if necessary, to the top of the pass prior to November 1st.  If there is snowfall over the rest of the county as well, the main collectors and other county roads take precedence; therefore County Road 306 may be plowed on the 1st or 2nd day.

Three days after the close of hunting season, the gates are closed but not locked.  The Road and Bridge Department will go to the top of the pass after that three days to check for vehicles and people.  The gates will be locked after all is clear. 

In the spring signs state that June 15th is the day the pass will open.  However, the Road and Bridge Department will try and have Cottonwood Pass open before Memorial Day, depending on snowfall.

Gunnison County does not have snow removal on their side of the pass.


Mark Stacy

Bob Propernick
Crew Leader Buena Vista

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