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The story behind the place: Cottonwood Trail

Series: Story Behind the Place | Story 2

Last updated 6/4/2020 at 11:09am

Patricia Logan

Sun and stars shine in and around cottonwood trees along the Cottonwood Trail in northeast Boulder.

The fur is about to fly. One place to see the faux June snow is the Cottonwood Trail, just south of Jay Road and east of the Diagonal. The trail is only 1.2 miles long, but its name carries the legacy of the tree that has been a towering presence in the life of people and wildlife throughout the Boulder Valley and beyond.

Cottonwoods touched every aspect of life for Native American people, providing shelter, materials, sustenance, gathering places and spiritual inspiration. In the 1800s a new wave of people came to apprecia...

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