Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District

Mount of the Holy Cross - photo courtesy of Corey MyersEagle

The Eagle Ranger District offers 82 trails that range from 200 yards to 13 miles in length. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and in the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. While most of these are backcountry trails, the Glenwood Canyon Trail is a paved recreation path ideal for biking, in-line skating or walking through scenic Glenwood Canyon.

Eight developed campgrounds are located on the district, offering 100 campsites. These campgrounds offer varying levels of services. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist on the Eagle District. Be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations and 'Leave No Trace' principles to ensure the next forest visitor an equal experience.

Popular winter recreation activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Tenth Mountain Hut System cuts across the southern end of the district and provides a hut-to-hut trail system for backcountry skiing. Great snowmobiling exists in many of the non-wilderness portions of the district.

Holy Cross

Recreation opportunities abound on the Holy Cross Ranger District. The district is home to the well known ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek. Roughly 35 percent of the district is designated Wilderness and includes major portions of the Holy Cross and Eagle's Nest Wildernesses. Five huts operated by the Tenth Mountain Hut Association, along with their associated trail systems, are found on the district. Camp Hale, a World War II winter training site for the 10 th Mountain Division now on the National Register of Historic Places, is situated toward the south end of the district.

The Holy Cross District has 225 miles of Forest Service trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and, in winter, cross-country skiing.

Six developed campgrounds are located on the district. These campgrounds offer varying levels of services. Backcountry and dispersed camping opportunities also exist. Be sure to follow the backcountry and dispersed camping regulations, and Leave No Trace principles to ensure the next forest visitor an equal experience.

Downhill skiing is overwhelmingly the most popular winter recreation activity on the district. The other very popular winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Tenth Mountain Hut System provides a hut-to-hut trail system for cross-country skiing. Great snowmobiling exists in many of the non-wilderness portions of the area. The Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area is the most heavily used area and offers 55,000 acres of designated snowmobile routes, cross-country ski routes, and backcountry ski/snowboard areas.

 

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