Near Vail in the White River National Forest, the Mill Creek Road (#710) is a 10.1 mile OHV route (one-way).
Access from Vail: Take exit176 off ofI-70. Travel souththrough the roundabout on south side of freeway onto Vail Road. Within 1/2 mile, theroad curves to the left and enters a parking area behind the Lodge Tower.Continue east underchair lift to intersection by Vista Bahn Express Lift. Turn right uphill on Mill Creek Road - FSR 710.
Trail Highlights: Reset odometer at Mill Creek Road. Turn left at 0.2 miles. The road travels through the Vail ski area; make sure to stay on Mill Creek Road as all other roads on the Vail ski area are closed to private vehicles. Also beware of construction vehicles, hikers, and mountain bikers. The road is easy and passable by anyvehicle for about the first 7 miles. After that, the road becomes narrow, rutted, and often muddy. The road eventually climbs to the top of Red Peak (more commonly known as Benchmark) at 10.1 miles and offers anunobstructed view in every direction. Mount of the Holy Cross, Battle Mountain, the Gore Range, and the back bowls of Vail Mountain looking into Two Elk Creek drainage can be seen.
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.