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Snowmobiling: Colorado > White River National Forest > Holy Cross Ranger District

Quick Facts

Homestake Road

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General Description


Homestake Road is a gravel road, open to vehicle traffic in the summer but not plowed in the winter. It makes for a beautiful, accessible, winter trail that leads to Homestake Reservoir at 12 miles from the paved road. This road is infrequently traveled but is open to snowmobiles.

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.

This valley is a known winter range of elk. Please avoid disturbing them.


Parking is very limited at the trailhead. Use extra caution pulling onto the highway. Obtain current avalanche information at 970-827-5687.


It is your responsibility to be aware of the potential risks and to take safety precautions at all times when you visit the National Forest. Changing terrain and weather conditions present a wide variety of hazards. Hazards include, but are not limited to: severe weather, snow and avalanches, obstacles of all kinds such as rocks, trees and stumps; over exertions, hypothermia, and becoming lost; remnants of mining and other activities involving excavations and debris; and exposure to unreasonable acts of other people.

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.
ICON Cross-country Skiing
ICON Cold Water Fishing Homestake Creek and Reservoir
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.
ICON Scenic Driving Accessible in 2 WD vehicles during the summer months.
ICON Snowmobiling
ICON Snowshoeing
ICON Viewing Scenery Accessible in 2 WD vehicles

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:

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Ste. 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO


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