We spend alot of time up in the Cottonwood lake valley. If you are planning on any of the holiday weekends in the area, they can get pretty packed and hard to find a good spot that will offer a secluded campsite. Also I have seen people set up in a secluded spot and low and behold @ 2:00 am someone will roll in on top of you. We prefer to go up there off holiday weeks. It is still close enough to Buena Vista IMHO. I have even seen people drag some big toy haulers beyond anything I am will to drag my toy hauler up to. The farther you go up the rougher it gets not to mention steep. Beautiful country and we enjoy it a few times a year!