This dirt road starts at Vail Pass and ends at the town of Redcliff. It can be traveled in either direction, but for biking it is much easier starting at Vail Pass. This dirt road is passable by all but the lowest passenger cars and is relatively easy for mountain bikers. It offers views of Mount of the Holy Cross in the Sawatch Range, access to the Shrine Mountain Trail, and access to the short, accessible trail to "Julia's Deck."
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At a Glance
June 21 - November 15*
* Open season dates could be shortened depending on conditions. Roads could be opened late or closed early to both protect the user and prevent resource damage.
Directions: Travel east from Vail on I-70 to Exit 190 for Vail Pass. Exit here and park at the rest area if unloading a bike. Otherwise turn right, heading west, onto the Shrine Pass dirt road (FSR 712).