COLLEGIATE PEAKS SCENIC OVERLOOK: Exit: CO 302

view of the Collegiate Peaks mountain range with green fields in the foreground and cloudy skies

Just before Johnson Village on I-285 S, you’ll find the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Overlook.  Its a great ’20 min’ stop with the best view of the Collegiate Peaks in the state.  Take a right onto Rd 304.  There is a $1 day use fee, but the views and clean restrooms are well worth it!

At the Collegiate Peaks Overlook you’ll also find picnic tables, a restroom, and a great place to walkview of the Collegiate Peaks mountain range with greenery in the foreground and stormy skies around.  Stretch your legs and admire the views.  view of the Collegiate Peaks mountain range with greenery in the foreground and cloudy skiesFrom here you can also see the Chalk Mountains.  These ranges are beautiful in any weather, but we got to see them with storm clouds!

Read about the Peaks HERE.

 

Although this stop is for day-use only, there is the nearby Buena Vista KOA Journey campground if you need a place to stay overnight.  If you do stay, you can take advantage of the Cottonwood Hot Springs, west of Buena Vista on County Road 306.  It’s about 15 minutes away, and is a great place to soak with pools, sauna, private spas, and a cold plunge.

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