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Quick Facts

Homestake Road

Beginning Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Length, One-way: 12 Miles (20.0 Kilometers)
Road Number: FDR 703
Ti Topo Maps: #109 Breckenridge, Tennessee Pass
USGS Maps: Pando, Mount of the Holy Cross




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General Description

Looking up the Homestake Valley from Blodgett Campground
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Looking up the Homestake Valley from Blodgett Campground
INTRODUCTION
A beautiful, accessible drive on a graded road leads to Homestake reservoir at 12 miles from the paved road. This road is frequently traveled and usually very wash-boarded--drive slowly to avoid too much shaking.

This road accesses many terrific hiking trails, check locally for details. It is also known as the entrance road to the trailhead for Holy Cross City, one of the most difficult and popular four wheel drive roads anywhere! The road is primarily flat until the very last mile, and travels straight through a beautiful valley floor, passing beaver ponds, creeks, and wildflower meadows.

TRAIL TIPS

There are many terrific campsites in this area, but they fill up quickly! Please camp only in designated areas.

Directions from Vail: Proceed west on I-70 approximately 1 mile to exit 171, the Minturn exit. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south approximately 11.5 miles from I-70 to the turnoff on the right (west) side of the road. This is the start of Homestake road, number 703. Follow the road 12 miles to the reservoir.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Proceed east on I-70 approximately 1 mile to exit 171, the Minturn exit. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south approximately 11.5 miles from I-70 to the turnoff on the right (west) side of the road. This is the start of Homestake road, number 703. Follow the road 12 miles to the reservoir.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open. Very rough and washboardy in certain parts. Dry, clear of snow to within 1/4 mile of reservoir. Updated: 2001-05-16 10:48:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Blodgett and Gold Park Campgrounds are accessed by Homestake Road. Camp only in designated areas.
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing
Yes
ICON Automobile Travel Homestake Road
Yes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Homestake Creek and Reservoir
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking This ride follows Homestake Road which can get dusty and washboarded. The Holy Cross City Four-wheel Drive Road is intersected at 7.2 miles, and is a challenging ride.
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Accessible in 2 WD vehicles during the summer months.
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling
Yes
ICON Snowshoeing
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Accessible in 2 WD vehicles
Yes



Related Activities
Blodgett Campground - Blodgett is a small campground, with six sites, located in the Homestake Valley south of Minturn.

Gold Park Campground - This small campground is located in the scenic Homestake Valley, south of Minturn at an elevation of 9300 feet.

Holy Cross City Four-Wheel Drive Road - This very difficult road, near Homestake Creek south of Minturn, leads to the ghost town of Holy Cross City.

Holy Cross Wilderness Trails - Holy Cross District - The Holy Cross Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southwest of Vail and Minturn. The different trails are accessed from either US Hwy. 24, Tigiwon Road, or Homestake Road.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Vail Valley Partnership, 100 East Meadow Drive , Vail, CO, 81657, Phone: 800-525-3875, Fax: 970-476-6008, www.visitvailvalley.com

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