Shrine Pass Road is a 15.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Red Cliff, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, birding, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.
Take the exit to Redcliff , off of Hwy. 24,between Leadville and Minturn. Go through Redcliff and Follow the main road out of town.(Shrine Pass Road). Or you can start at the other end, off of Vail Pass, East of Vail.
Considering we're sea level dwelling flat landers, it had great vistas and was not TOO easy. Should be beautiful in the spring, we'll be back.
Well, I drove this in a low profile sedan. It had rained earlier and the dirt road was certainly very bumpy and pure mud in some areas. It was well worth it! I made it to Shrine Pass, but wish I had longer to explore. It is a beautiful off-the-beaten-path experience. Great for someone who has low physical mobility...as long as their car can tolerate it! I wish I would have planned better so I could have hiked it.
A great road to travel around mid. July for wildflowers. you can also see The Mt. of the Holy Cross from a view point that you walk a short distance.
Nice back country road, cuts across from Shrine Pass rest area on 70 over to Red Cliff on 24. Beautiful views. Road conditions vary (bumpy and dusty) but are ok for passenger vehicles. Nice opportunity for people with limited mobility to enjoy the heart of the mountains, away from the efficient but sterile interstate highways.
Great trail to cruise on a weekend afternoon. The scenery is beautiful start to finish. Mt of the Holy Cross overlook is a fantastic view. and if you get the chance do the hike to the top of Shrine Mountain, it's well worth the hike. Shrine Pass Road can be traversed by virtually any vehicle but only if you stay on the road. Many of the dispersed campsites require higher clearance. Also the roads leading off are 4X4 as well. We saw deer and a big herd of sheep.