Holy Cross City

4.2/5 (40 reviews)
Located in the Sawatch Range, on the side of 14,009 foot Mount of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross City is one of the state's most challenging and famous rock-crawling trails. Stock vehicles should not attempt this trail. Best known for its two most significant obstacles, French Creek and Cleveland Rock, ...Read More
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Highlights of Holy Cross City

Camping Category IconCamping
Forest Category IconForest
Ghost Town Category IconGhost Town
Iconic Category IconIconic
Mine Category IconMine
Rock Category IconRock
Water Category IconWater
Highest Elevation
11774 ft
Shape of Trail
Out & Back
Typically Open
05/21 - 11/22
Best Direction
N/A
Official Trail Name
759
Nearest Town
Minturn
Nearest Services
Minturn
Management Agency
White River National Forest
District
Holy Cross Ranger District

Overview

Located in the Sawatch Range, on the side of 14,009 foot Mount of the Holy Cross, Holy Cross City is one of the state's most challenging and famous rock-crawling trails. Stock vehicles should not attempt this trail. Best known for its two most significant obstacles, French Creek and Cleveland Rock, this trail will test your driving ability and your vehicle's durability, while also providing incredible scenery and fantastic historical highlights. Before attempting this Jeep Badge of Honor trail, be sure you have the required equipment indicated at the trailhead. This includes a winch, 33'' or larger tires, locking differentials, and various recovery and repair equipment. This trail is always crowded on the weekends, so expect a full day on the trail as you wait your turn to conquer the major obstacles.

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29 Trail Photos
4 Trail Concerns
40 Community Reviews
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