Shrine Pass

Red Cliff, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 06/29/2021
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Highlight: Shrine Pass
The pass is located at the northern end of the Sawatch Range and is a popular shortcut from I-70 to the town of Red Cliff and the more interesting off-road trails such as Holy Cross, , Ptarmigan Pass, and McCallister Gulch. The pass offers scenic views of wildflower meadows and pine woodlands during the summer and autumn months, as well as a distant view of Mount of the Holy Cross to the north.


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1. Eastern Trailhead / Vail Pass (0 mi)
The eastern trailhead starts at the top of Vail Pass. Follow the dirt road slightly uphill.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Denver

Travel I-70 west to exit 190, the top of Vail Pass. Turn left (west) from the exit and pass a large dirt parking area on your right. The road turns into Forest Service Road 709 just after the dirt lot.



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Ryan Boudreau

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Hi, I'm Ryan! I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion". I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure. My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others. If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.
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