Shrine Pass Road TH #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."


At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions: Open season dates may vary depending on conditions: roads could be opened late or closed early to protect users and prevent resource damage.
Closest Towns: Vail
Information Center: Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Highway 24
Minturn, CO 81645
(970) 827-5715     

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

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
11.2 miles

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  Elevation : 
10600 - 8669