Southwest of Vail and south of Minturn in the White River National Forest, the Lime Creek Road (#743/#728) is a 9 mile OHV route (one-way).
Access from Vail: From I-70, take Exit 171 for Minturn and Hwy. 24. Turn right and continue south on Hwy.
24 for 10 miles to the Red Cliff access road on the left, immediately before crossing the historic green expansion
bridge over the Eagle River. This road will lead into Red Cliff and to Shrine Pass Road #709. Turn left onto Shrine
Pass Road and follow 1.9 miles to Lime Creek Road - FSR 743 on the left.
Trail Highlights: (This road is numbered both 743 and 728. This sheet will describe the difficult route up 743 to 728. For an easy route, take 728 from Shrine Pass Road for the first 4.4 miles before it changes to 743.) Resetodometer where youturn off of Shrine Pass Road onto FSR 743. The bridge at mile 0.4 and the rocky climb after it are very tough and should be traveled cautiously. Also, the stretch between the first two crossings of Lime Creek is verytilted and can be dangerous inwet weather. The climb gets gradually easier after this section. At mile 3.7, the road turns right and again crosses Lime Creek. One rocky climb remains before reaching the easier FSR 728 at 3.8 miles. At the top ofthehill, turn left and follow the easy winding road, bearing right at mile 8.6 where FSR 712 joins from the left. Shrine Pass Road is reached at mile 9.2.
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, Lime Creek Road is the 58th most popular OHV & 4wd jeep trail of all 61 OHV routes in Colorado.