Site Details

descriptions and directions

Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Shrine Pass - Eagle County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: If you're looking for a slow, scenic, road-less-traveled alternative to I-70 over Vail Pass, look no further. As the unpaved road rises out of the village of Red Cliff, it follows a beautiful stream with lots of willow up a tight valley through aspens and mixed conifers. After a brief flirtation with lodgepole, the road runs through several miles of truly excellent spruce-fir forest before the pass. This place looks like it should be a prime fall destination for Boreal Owl seekers. The views of Mount Holy Cross from the pass are among the best in the state.

Habitat: Stream, Streamside Willow, Aspen Grove, Mixed-Conifer Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest
Directions: From the Minturn/Leadville exit off I-70 (exit 171), head south on US 24 just over ten miles to a left turn just before a dramatic bridge over a deep canyon. This left turn will take you down to the town of Red Cliff. In this town it is easy to pick up the Shrine Pass Road (FR 709).
Other Wildlife:
Other Attractions:

Powered By Subgurim( Maps ASP.NET

Use the form on the home page to contact the editor with corrections or to volunteer to add a site.

Other Sites in Eagle County


Frenchman Creek State Wildlife Area
Phillips County

Pond, Hedgerow/Shelterbelt
Learn More