Southwest of Minturn and Vail in the White River National Forest, there is a 3.8 mile OHV route leading to the Holy Cross City townsite. The Holy Cross City 4x4 Trail is an extremely challenging route that follows old FS 759. It is one of the most difficult, yet popular, hardcore OHV routes in the state. The route starts at 9,300 feet and climbs to 11,700 feet. The Holy Cross OHV route is maintained by the Big Horn Jeep Club.
Historic features include Gold Park town site and cemetery at the road beginning, Holy Cross City mill, cabins, and the old town site at the end of the road. The road to Cleveland Lake continues to the right across the creek, through the parking area and up the hill. The road to Fancy Lake is closed to motorized vehicles. If you wish to go to the lake, please walk. The road to the right is a hiking trail to Hunky Dory Lake and is also closed to motorized vehicles. To reach the trailhead from Vail, head west on US70 to Exit #171. Head south on SR24 through Minturn towards Leadville for 13 miles. Turn right heading west on Homestake Road (FS703) for 7.4 miles to a signed trailhead parking area just past the Gold Park Campground.
TIP - before attempting the Holy Cross City 4x4 Trail, make sure you have the proper equipement including a winch, 33 inch or larger tires, locking differential, tow strap, winch hook, high jack lift, shovel and tire repair kit.
Note: Colorado residents must register their off-highway vehicle with the Colorado State Parks (303) 866-3437. Non-residents are not required to register in Colorado, if they are registered in their home states. All off-highway vehicles must have an approved muffler and spark arrester. These requirements are subject to change so make sure to contact the Colorado State Parks prior to using your off-highway vehicle.
Overall, Holy Cross City 4x4 Trail is the 36th most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 61 OHV routes in Colorado.