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Upper Eagle River General Forest Area





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General Description

Sunset from Resolution Mountain
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Sunset from Resolution Mountain
The Upper Eagle River General Forest Area is located to the south of Minturn. It includes most of the areas accessible from Highway 24, from Minturn south to Tennessee Pass. The area takes in the Homestake Creek, Camp Hale, Tigiwon, Shrine Pass, and Holy Cross Wilderness areas. This is a large area which has five campgrounds, several 4 WD roads, numerous trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing, historic Camp Hale, and a portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness, amongst other attractions.

Some of the numerous recreational activities in the Upper Eagle River General Forest area include hiking, backpacking, mountain climbing, camping, fishing, four-wheel driving, hunting, scenic driving, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Directions from Vail: Follow I-70 west to the Minturn exit. Follow Highway 24 south through Minturn. All the attractions in this portion of the district are accessible off of Hwy 24.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Follow I-70 east to the Minturn exit. Follow Highway 24 south through Minturn. All the attractions in this portion of the district are accessible off of Hwy 24.



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Clear of snow until snow line at 12,500 ft. Updated: 1999-07-19 17:28:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Forest Areas Upper Eagle River General Forest Area
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Related Activities
Benson's Cabin Four-Wheel Drive Road - This four-wheel drive road is a short spur off of the Shrine Pass Road, located east of Redcliff.

Blodgett Campground - Blodgett is a small campground, with six sites, located in the Homestake Valley south of Minturn.

Camp Hale Loop Cross-country Ski Trail - The Camp Hale area provides a relatively flat and easy area for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It is located south of Minturn at an elevation of 9200 feet.

Camp Hale Memorial Campground - The Camp Hale Memorial Campground is located in historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 9200 feet. The campground consists of 21 sites and reservations are accepted.

Camp Hale Observation Site - Camp Hale is the historic training site of the 10th Mountain Division, which trained here during W.W.II. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Camp Hale Picnic Ground - The Camp Hale Picnic Ground is located at the Camp Hale Memorial Campground south of Minturn.

Colorado Trail - Camp Hale to Tennessee Pass - This portion of the Colorado Trail leads from historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, to Tennessee Pass.

Colorado Trail- Camp Hale to Kokomo Pass - This portion of the Colorado Trail leads from historic Camp Hale, south of Minturn, to Kokomo Pass.

Cooper Loop Cross-country Ski Trail - This trail begins at Ski Cooper ski area between Minturn and Leadville. It offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

East Fork Group Site - East Fork is a group campground site, designed to accommodate large groups. It is located in Camp Hale, south of Minturn.

Gold Park Campground - This small campground is located in the scenic Homestake Valley, south of Minturn at an elevation of 9300 feet.

Holy Cross City Four-Wheel Drive Road - This very difficult road, near Homestake Creek south of Minturn, leads to the ghost town of Holy Cross City.

Holy Cross Wilderness Trails - Holy Cross District - The Holy Cross Ranger District portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness lies to the southwest of Vail and Minturn. The different trails are accessed from either US Hwy. 24, Tigiwon Road, or Homestake Road.

Homestake Road - The Homestake Road is an improved dirt road which runs up the scenic Homestake Creek Valley to Homestake Reservoir. It accesses numerous trails and three campgrounds.

Hornsilver Campground - This small campground sits at the mouth of the Homestake Valley, along Hwy. 24 south of Minturn, at an elevation of 8,800 feet.

Lime Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - This is a short spur off the Shrine Pass Road. It can be accessed from either the Redcliff or the Vail Pass end of the Shrine Pass Road.

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.

Mitchell Creek Cross-country Ski Trail - The Mitchell Creek area is located to the west of Hwy. 24, near the top of Tennessee Pass. Because of its high elevation, the area has a longer winter season than many other areas on the District.

Mount Of The Holy Cross Overlook - The Mount of the Holy Cross Overlook, Julia's Deck, is located off the Shrine Pass Road between Redcliff and Vail Pass. Julia's Deck was constructed as a handicapped accessible facility.

No Name/Wurtz Ditch Four-Wheel Drive Road - The No Name Jeep Road is located south of Minturn. The road can link to Wurtz Ditch creating a loop back along Hwy. 24, however, snow fields remain late into the summer and the link is often not possible.

Ranch Creek Four-Wheel Drive Road - This jeep road south of Minturn, climbs four miles from Camp Hale, to scenic meadows with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

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.

Tigiwon Campground - Tigiwon Campground is located near the end of Tigiwon Road, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 9,900 feet. Tigiwon is an improved gravel road, accessible in 2 WD vehicles.

Tigiwon Lodge - Tigiwon is a large log lodge available for public functions. It sits in a scenic area near the top of Tigiwon Road, south of Minturn, at an elevation of 10,000 feet.

Tigiwon Road - Tigiwon Road climbs from just south of Minturn, up to Tigiwon Lodge, Tigiwon Campground, and several trailheads.

Two Elk Trail - This National Recreation Trail travels from the Vail Pass Trail, just east of East Vail, up over Two Elk Pass, then down Two Elk Creek into Minturn. It can be traveled in either direction.

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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