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Quick Facts

Benson's Cabin Four-Wheel Drive Road

Beginning Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet (311.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,600 Feet (3304.2 Meters)
Length, One-way: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Road Number: FDR 758
Ti Topo Maps: #108 Vail, Frisco, Dillon
USGS Maps: Red Cliff




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General Description

INTRODUCTION
This four wheel drive road starts out on a two wheel drive dirt road, and is primarily used by those who wish to take a short spur off of the main road. One of the least traveled roads in this area, it is often very overgrown with shrubs and plants and can scratch vehicle paint. The road spends most of its time in the shade, and is a good option on very hot days for a picnic spur.

It will take only about five minutes to reach the trailhead from the town of Redcliff. Benson's Cabins road is maintained by the Holy Cross Four Wheelers based in Leadville and Redcliff. This road is recommended for smaller vehicles, since Suburbans, etc. will find the road very narrow with trees on both sides.

TRAIL TIPS
This road can be very difficult due to erosion and overgrowth. If in doubt, walk the spur first! It is 2 miles in length one way to a private hunting camp. Road #747 is well signed and takes off to the right (if you are coming from Redcliff), before you reach the Benson's Cabins road . If interested in this road, please see Wearyman Jeep Road. Almost immediately at the start of Benson's Cabins spur there is a challenging hardscrabble rock switch back. Do not attempt if wet!

A scenic day trip can be made by completing the loop of Shrine Pass after enjoying the Benson's Cabins spur. Just continue on the two wheel drive road that got you to the trailhead, and after about 11 miles you will reach the summit of Vail Pass. Drive through the rest area, and you'll be back at I-70, 10 miles east of Vail. This loop can be done 'backwards' if desired.

Directions from Vail: NOTE: THIS IS A ROAD THAT CAN BE ACCESSED BY TWO DIRECTIONS.From Vail, proceed west on I-70 to the Minturn exit, #171. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south through the town of Minturn to the Redcliff exit (unmarked) approximately 9 miles from the interstate turnoff. Watch for this turnoff BEFORE the large and beautiful suspension bridge. The turn is to your left (east) just before the bridge begins. Follow this narrow paved road to the town of Redcliff, but keep your speed low due to speed control dips. This road turns into Eagle Street when you reach the town about 1/2 mile from the bridge. Look for the first left turn for Shrine Pass, the two wheel drive dirt road that accesses this spur FDR #758.

Directions from Beaver Creek: NOTE: THIS IS A ROAD THAT CAN BE ACCESSED BY TWO DIRECTIONS.Proceed west on I-70 to the Minturn exit, #171. Turn right (south) from the off-ramp onto Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south through the town of Minturn to the Redcliff exit (unmarked) approximately 9 miles from the interstate turnoff. Watch for this turnoff BEFORE the large and beautiful suspension bridge. The turn is to your left (east) just before the bridge begins. Follow this narrow paved road to the town of Redcliff, but keep your speed low due to speed control dips. This road turns into Eagle Street when you reach the town about 1/2 mile from the bridge. Look for the first left turn for Shrine Pass, the two wheel drive dirt road that accesses this spur FDR #758.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall (NOTE: Seasons vary depending on snow depth and weather) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
closed. Updated: 2001-05-16 11:09:00.0


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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: THIS ROAD IS APPX 6 MILES EAST OF RED CLIFF, TRAVEL TIME APPX 15 MINUTES OUT OF RED CLIFF. RATE THIS ROAD= VERY DIFFICULT
Conditions: STEEP & ROCKY, ONLY FOR THE AVID 4 WHEELER, MANY HAVE BROKEN DOWN ON THIS ROAD.
Water Availability: NO WATER ON THIS TRAIL



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Four-Wheel Driving
Yes
ICON ATV Riding
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding
Yes



Related Activities
McAllister Gulch/Hornsilver Mountain Four-Wheel Dr - This steep and difficult jeep road begins south of Minturn at Camp Hale. It eventually links into the Wearyman, then the Shrine Pass roads, ending in the town of Redcliff.

Shrine Pass Road - The Shrine Pass Road is an improved gravel road which runs from Redcliff, over Shrine Pass, to the top of Vail Pass.

Upper Eagle River General Forest Area - The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area includes most of the area from Minturn, south to Tennessee Pass.

Wearyman/Resolution Four-Wheel Drive Road - The Wearyman Jeep Road begins east of Redcliff and eventually links to the Resolution Road, which leads to Hwy. 24 at Camp Hale.



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Visitor Information:

Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 US HWY 24, P.O. Box 190 , Minturn, CO, 81645, Phone: 970-827-5715, Fax: 970-827-9343

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