Shrine Pass

Total Miles
11.3

Elevation

3,405.94 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Nice, easy ride open to unlicensed vehicles at the parking lot at Shrine Pass from June 21 to November 22. This is a popular area for hikers and mountain bikers so please be respectful. Bring your camera for the outstanding views and wildflowers. Risk of snow closure every month of the year.

Photos of Shrine Pass

Shrine Pass
Shrine Pass

Difficulty

Easy. Suitable for passenger cars to the observation deck. Road gets narrower and rougher as you descend towards Red Cliff. Can get muddy and 4-wheel drive may be necessary.

History

Shrine Pass was the primary route over the Gore Mountains before the construction of Interstate 70 in the 1970s. Today it's a popular cross-country ski and snowmobiling area located south of the Vail Ski Area. Mount of the Holy Cross was dedicated as a national monument in 1929, but later lost that status.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Erik Pedersen
Jul 16, 2024
2023 Rivian R1S
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
Easy going and very scenic.
Clint Henker
Jul 14, 2024
ATV
Open
Dusty
Rough/Deteriorated
No frills trail. Go for beginners. People were nice and considerate along the way. Lots of waves and smiles. Scenery was spectacular. Expect to be dusted out if riding ATVs/UTVs or motorcycles.
Bergen Davell
Jul 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Steele Sandler
Jul 03, 2024
2021 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Normal
Rough/Deteriorated
Dusty
Pretty standard Shrine Pass conditions. Nothing too crazy or unexpected. Lots of rental cars, but that's to be expected during a holiday week

Access Description

Get off Interstate 70 at exit 190 between Copper Mountain and Vail. Continue straight (west) on Shrine Pass Road where paved road turns left for the rest area.

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