Shrine Pass Road #709

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

Open Season: June 21
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: * 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.
Closest Towns: Vail

General Information

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).

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Forest Service Road
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

OHV Road Riding

Scenic Driving

Vehicle Clearence all but lowest passenger cars

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
11.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
10600 - 8669