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Snowy Colorado Easter - Cottonwood Lake and Nearby Mountains
(Steve Garufi's Photo Gallery on April 12, 2009)

Bighorn Sheep Bighorn Sheep April 12, 2009 - I placed the titled "Snowy Colorado Easter" above. Many areas of Colorado received significant snowfall on Easter Sunday. Friends in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park displayed photos of their cute children holding easter baskets in the snow. Just hilarious! Lance Armstrong, who is currently bicycle training in Aspen and surrounding mountain ski towns, tweeted a photo of the snowy roads on his twitter page. As for Buena Vista, the clouds remained silver and gray all day, but I only noticed a few flurries coming down during my time in the mountains this afternoon.

Adjacent photos - A beautiful bighorn sheep posed for me on the edge of Chaffee County Road 306 near the Cottonwood Hot Springs.

Cottonwood Pass Road I traveled up the canyon. I put on eyes "as if I lived in Kansas" as I photographed the views. The snowy mountain ridge is part of the "right hump" (among the three humps) of Mt. Princeton.
Cottonwood Lake, CO

Cottonwood Lake, CO

Cottonwood Lake, CO

Cottonwood Lake

I traveled inside South Cottonwood Canyon to see what Cottonwood Lake looked like. Plenty of ice and snow remains on the lake, but it is definitely thawing out.

Some of my pages about Cottonwood Lake:

  • Mountain biking around Cottonwood Lake
  • (My humble web site dedicated to it)
  • Autumn at Cottonwood Lake
  • 4-wheeling into South Cottonwood Canyon
  • Autumn Foliage in South Cottonwood Canyon
  • Emma Burr Mountain (Mineral Basin)
  • Chaffee County Road 344 Nice view of the road with a rocky face in the background.
    Snow in Forest Officially, it did not snow much in Buena Vista, I wandered in the forest to photograph the snow. I know my many friends in places like Florida, Texas and San Diego will appreciate this! :)
    First Colorado Land Office Along Chaffee County Road 344 is a real estate sign by the First Colorado Land Office. I do not know anything about this property besides the simple dirt road. Positioned in the canyon, it does not appear to get much sunlight, which may be good or bad depending on your taste!
    Colorado Aspens Currenlty no trees have any buds whatsoever in central Colorado, and the aspens are no exception.
    A pretty mountain view from the road.
    Mt. Yale, CO Near the entrance of the Spring Canyon Conference Center (off of Chaffee County Road 344), I captured the grand view of Mt. Yale. So pretty!
    Avalanche Slide Then I traveled west (up the canyon) on Chaffee County Road 306 toward Cottonwood Pass. Gotta love this very noticeable avalanche slide on the left.
    On the way down, I love this mountain view from the road.
    Denny Creek Trailhead Yours truly at the Denny Creek Trailhead parking lot. Cottonwood Pass is still closed due to the snow. (It usually opens a few days before Memorial Day weekend.)

    Look at how little snow is up there. It's been a disappointing winter ... We need more snow!

    Photos by Steve Garufi in Buena Vista, CO.
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