Shrine Pass Road is a 40.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and ohv/off road driving and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length40.9 miElevation gain5,410 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashNature tripsOHV/Off-road drivingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Getting There

SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=41431 Shrine pass is a graded dirt road. There are dispersed campsites along the route and a few other OHV trails that shoot off this road that can be fun if you have the correct vehicle.

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.

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James M. Smith
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OHV/Off-road driving

Easy drive with beautiful views.

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Frank L
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Did this trail in our 2014 JKUR with 35s in a 4 inch lift. The trail is VERY easy and most vehicles would be fine. We actually aimed for bigger rocks and random mud puddles and offshoot trails to have more fun. This is a gorgeous drive. There were not many vehicles or people. Looked to be some awesome campsites we will come back to visit. Also if you stop at the old run down cabin there are some more challenging albeit narrow areas. If you stay main road it is a easy pass about 12 miles from end to end, so 24 round trip. There is a one mile stretch that is very rocky and bumpy, but easy for any Jeep or trucks so long as you have reasonable clearance. I’d avoid a low car there. We aired down for this road to 20psi and it was pretty comfy. There is some washboard and a lot of small rock.

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Deb Roney
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Great!
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Amelia Alexandra
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OHV/Off-road drivingGreat!

Great scenic drive!

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kap n
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OHV/Off-road drivingOff trailRocky
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Erin Kamlet
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Gorgeous hike today with the fam! Dog friendly! Very muddy in areas. Overall a beautiful and moderate hike for all ages.

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Jesse Soto
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Closed
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Joe Perri
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OHV/Off-road driving

Easy as pie on this road. You can take any SUV on here no problem!

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William Hart
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OHV/Off-road driving

Beautiful simply one of the most scenic drives with wildflowers in the state! It is also one of the busiest. Weekdays are much better than weekends :) nothing difficult most any vehicle can make it.

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Tyler Langenkamp
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Hiking

Yes the road is closed but you can still get to the Pass from the east (I-70). The road is open until the intersection with Lime Creek road (CR728).

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Michael Robinson
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Closed

Still closed

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max castillo
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Hiking

As of July 12th, Shrine Pass is still closed:(

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John Anick
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Hiking

The trail is still closed as of July 4, 2019

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Mike Trewartha
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OHV/Off-road driving

Relaxing, scenic drive. Really easy roads that anyone should be able to do, too.

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Tony Trumbly
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Scenic driving

We drove this on a Wed. afternoon in September as a nice break from I-70 eastbound. Beautiful fall colors and maybe a dozen cars total, including hikers. Road would be slow for a low-clearance vehicle, but passable to almost all sedans, etc.

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Michael Laird
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Hiking

Great scenic drive, hardly any other cars during the week. I have an SUV no problems. There were some ruts and I would be nervous in a little car with low clearance when you get to the red cliff side.

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Susan Brashear
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Hiking

Walked up the road today using poles and spikes. Beautiful morning for a hike to Shrine Pass. Good elevation training for this Denverite soon to be hiking Mt Kilimanjaro. Today 11/30/17 is the last day this hike is free. For the rest of the winter there will be a fee.

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Danielle Lucero
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Hiking

Stunning views! Will always hold a special place in my heart, got engaged on a rock there. 7/17/17. Best hike!

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Erin Weidner
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Wildflowers are awesome! Kids 3 and 6 loved it! We only did a mile in but it was great.

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Charles Shoemaker
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Wildflowers were the best I've seen!

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Jacalyn Suchsland
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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.

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Holly Coovert
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Awesome view!

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Susan Smith
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Scenic driving

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.

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Beth McCall
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Hiking

Beautiful area!

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Tom Moldenhauer
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Scenic driving

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.

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David Young
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Hiking

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.

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Ian Hellbusch
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OHV/Off-road driving
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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.

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