Holy Cross City

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4.9/5 (33 reviews)
Minturn, Colorado (Eagle County)
Last Updated: 11/22/2023
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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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If you are looking for trailer parking to start your day, please read the "Directions to Trailhead" section below.

Holy Cross City is an out-and-back trail that starts by quickly climbing the mountainside with a handful of small boulder obstacles. The first 1.3 miles are one-way uphill only, followed by the exit intersection. If you have problems traversing the trail to this point, you should consider taking the exit. Beyond the one-way section, the obstacles increase in size and difficulty. Along this 4-mile trail, there are many small off-camber rock obstacles between the five major obstacles; The Notch, Steep Rock, French Creek, Tippy Tree, and Cleveland Rock. Holy Cross City is a trail for experienced drivers with modified vehicles. Be sure your vehicle is equipped with the proper equipment, including recovery gear. There is no cell service along this trail, and the closest town with any services is over 40 minutes away from the trailhead.

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4.9/5 (33)
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/23/2023

This trail is now under official seasonal closure to wheeled vehicles, beginning 11/23.
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41100
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/01/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Beautiful fall day. Aspens still have good color. Our crew installed 3 new winch anchors. One at Cleveland Rock. One at French Creek. And one at The Notch. Slow day for traffic, only saw 4 other vehicles not with our group.
Trail Review: Holy Cross City - Marcus Trusty
Trail Review: Holy Cross City - Marcus Trusty
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/25/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Harder

The notch is getting very dug out from use and water erosion. I highly suggest that anyone that plans on doing this trail bring a winch capable vehicle if you have open diffs or 35" or smaller tires. The sign at the start says 33" tires recommended.... my tj on 37s had some difficulties doing the Notch and doing the Steep Rock obstacles. All-in-all a fantastic trail to run. Took my friend and I about 4.5 hours total at a mild pace. Water levels on the creek crossing were minimal but still flowing a decent amount.
Trail Review: Holy Cross City - Kurtis R.
Trail Review: Holy Cross City - Kurtis R.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/05/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Great trail, some new dents and scrapes on my skids…..just another great day wheeling.
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Visited: 09/02/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Dry day, great weather, French Creek pretty low. Our 1st time on Holy Cross. 2dr JL on 37's, 2.5 lift. No body damage, a few hard hits on rock rails and a couple hang ups on diff. Great trail, loved it.

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