Shrine Pass Road

Shrine Pass Road

At 10,662 feet in the heart of the Central Rocky Mountains is the famous Shrine Pass Road and Vail Pass. A Colorado "must do" tour, Shrine Pass Road is the main connecting route between the Vail Pass Recreation Area and Red Cliff, Colorado. At the base of the road in Red Cliff sits the very popular Mango's Restaurant; known for its fish taco's and great beer selection. During the summer, parking is free to the public but due to high traffic in the winter, there is now a $10 per day parking fee which can be paid at the service booth. Taking the road from Vail Pass to Mango's is a summer and winter time favorite for Snowmobile, Timbersled and RZR renters and riders.

Shrine Pass Road is often times filled with snowmobile's and back country skiers who are hitching rides. The road is for the most part an intermediate trail and offers just over 10 miles of packed track. Along the road you will pass the Shrine Pass Cabins and if you're up for a short hike, you can head out to the Mt. Holy Cross look out point - it offers a great deck for lunch picnics.

There are a variety of connecting trail routes that you can access via Shrine Pass Road but be aware that not all trails are meant for winter travel. The U.S. Forest Service does not allow snowmobile and timbersled access to all routes. View our Colorado Map or grab a copy of the U.S. Forest Service map to learn more.

Location Details

No Permit Required

Parking Available

65,000+ Acres of Available Terrain

Located in White River National Forest

Seasonal Activities

Snowmobiling / Timbersleds

Back Country Skiing / Snowboarding

Snowshoeing / XC Skiing

RZR's / 4x4 / Dirt Biking

Hiking / Backpacking

Vail Pass Map


  1. Alway have Avalanche rescue gear and know how to use it.
  2. Uphill traffic and snowcats have the right of way.
  3. Ride single file. Pass on the left.
  4. Use designated pick-up/drop-off spots.
  5. Stay in control.
  6. Always ride the fall line.
  7. NEVER ride above groups.

These maps are for reference only. Always carry certified U.S. Forest Maps and GPS devices while in the back country. It is your responsibility to know the hazards involved in back country travel and to use proper safety gear and procedures to minimize risks and hazards.