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Mountain Biking: Colorado > White River National Forest > Holy Cross Ranger District

Quick Facts

Shrine Pass Road

Difficulty: Moderate

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General Description

Easily accessed, and frequently traveled by two wheel drive vehicles, hikers, and bikers, this scenic road winds through a beautiful valley with aspen and pine forests, and a pull over for one of the very best views of Mount of the Holy Cross.

It can be driven either from Vail Pass to Redcliff, or vice versa. Either direction, the view is entirely different. At the summit of the Pass, there is a 10th Mountain Division Hut that is generally open in the summertime to the public for lunch and dinner. Inquire locally.

At the west end of the road (near Redcliff) there are the remnants of log cabins... a great picture spot.

This road is heavily traveled. Watch for vehicles/people traveling in opposite directions. There are many spur roads off of the main road. Be sure to gather information before attempting these roads. The spurs are more difficult than Shrine Pass, and most require the use of four wheel drive.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports
OPEN. Updated: 2001-06-13 11:25:00.0

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Cross-country Skiing
ICON Mountain Biking Shrine Pass and spur roads.
ICON Scenic Driving The Shrine Pass Road is passable for 2 WD vehicles in the summer months.
ICON Snowmobiling
ICON Snowshoeing
ICON Viewing Scenery Mount of the Holy Cross Overlook/ Julia's Deck
ICON Viewing Scenery Holy Cross Overlook

Related Activities
Benson's Cabin Four-Wheel Drive Road - This four-wheel drive road is a short spur off of the Shrine Pass Road, located east of Redcliff.

Gore Creek General Forest Area - The Gore Creek General Forest Area includes the entire Gore Creek drainage, which runs from Dowd's Junction to Vail Pass and the Gore Range.

Lime Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - This is a short spur off the Shrine Pass Road. It can be accessed from either the Redcliff or the Vail Pass end of the Shrine Pass Road.

Mount Of The Holy Cross Overlook - The Mount of the Holy Cross Overlook, Julia's Deck, is located off the Shrine Pass Road between Redcliff and Vail Pass. Julia's Deck was constructed as a handicapped accessible facility.

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

Wearyman/Resolution Four-Wheel Drive Road - The Wearyman Jeep Road begins east of Redcliff and eventually links to the Resolution Road, which leads to Hwy. 24 at Camp Hale.

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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