Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
The Holy Cross District has 225 miles of Forest Service trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and, in winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. For information about elevation and difficulty, stop by the White River National Forest Office at I-70 Exit 171 or call (970) 827-5715.
Visit Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance for comprehensive trail details.
In addition to exploring our trails on your own, Walking Mountains Science Center offers several guided hikes, snowshoe hikes, and nature walks. For more information, visit the Things to Do section of their website.
Minturn Mile: The Minturn Mile is one of the most famous "off-piste" or "out-of-bounds" ski runs in the world. It is important to know that if you come down the Minturn Mile that you have left Vail Mountain and are in terrain that is not patrolled. You may unintentionally spend more time out there than you planned. That being said, it is a great run and a wonderful experience best done with friends and ending at the Minturn for refreshments. More Information
The Minturn Mile in the summer is known as the Game Creek Trail. The Minturn Mile sees thousands of skiers making the exciting journey from Vail Mountain to the small town of Minturn every winter, but many of those skiers don't realize it's also a fun route to enjoy in the summer. Open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Map
Meadown Mountain: Great for hiking or snowshoeing. Travel south for 300 feet, the Holy Cross Ranger District is located here. Park in the dirt parking lot. The trailhead is located by the white house. Map.
Grouse Mountain / Grouse Creek: Great for hiking or showshoeing. Proceed 1 mile on US HWY. 24 south to trailhead across from Meadow Mountain Business Park. Map.
Grouse Lake: Proceed 1 mile on US HWY 24 south to trailhead across from Meadow Mountain Business Park. Map.
Lionshead Rock via Cougar Ridge Trail: Lionshead Rock via Cougar Ridge Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Minturn, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Map
Two Elk Trail: Travel south for 2.5 miles to Cemetery Road in Minturn. (This is the only bridge across the river in the town). Turn left on Cemetery Road and continue on the road to the fork. Take the right fork, where the road forks again, take the left fork and follow this to the end of the road. Map.
Cross Creek Access from Tigiwon Road: I-70 to Exit 171 (Hwy. 24/6), travel south on US HWY. 24 for 4 miles to Tigiwon Road FDR 707. Proceed 2 miles on Tigiwon Road to trailhead on right. Map
Halfmoon Pass/Mt. of Holy Cross and Fall Creek Trails: Proceed 8 miles on Tigiwon Road to the end of the road. Map
Notch Mountain Access from Homestake Road: I-70 to Exit 171 (Hwy. 24/6), travel south on US HWY. 24 for 14 miles to Homestake #703. Same as Fall Creek trailhead. Hike the Fall Creek trail for 2 miles to the junction with Notch Mountain trail. Map
Whitney Lake: Turn right off of HWY 24 onto Homestake Road and proceed 5 miles to trailhead. Map
Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass: Travel on Homestake Road for 7 1/2 miles to Road #704. Turn right and continue for 1 1/2 miles. Map
East Fork/Lonesome Lake: Proceed approximately 10 miles on FDR #703. Trailhead on left. Map