Parks & Outdoors




Minturn is surrounded on three sides by the Holy Cross Wilderness, a national forest, and the mighty Eagle River runs all the way through town. Whatever the season, make sure your visit to Minturn includes a trip into the great outdoors!

Hiking, Biking, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

raftingThe Holy Cross District has 225 miles of Forest Service trails. These trails offer a variety of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and, in winter, cross-country skiing. For information about elevation and difficulty, stop by the White River National Forest Office at I-70 Exit 171 or call (970) 827-5715.

Access from US HWY. 24:
I-70 to Exit 171 (Hwy. 24/6), travel south on US HWY. 24.

Meadown Mountain: Travel south for 300 feet, the Holy Cross Ranger District is located here. Park in the dirt parking lot. The trailhead is located by the white house.

Grouse Mountain: Proceed 1 mile on US HWY. 24 south to trailhead across from Meadow Mountain Business Park.

Martin Trail: Proceed 3 miles through Minturn of US HWY. 24 south to trailhead on the right (behind blue house).

Beaver Lake/Turquoise Lake: Take I-70 to Avon Exit, head south on Village Road to Beaver Creek Ski area. Travel 2.5 miles and park in parking structure. Follow 5 Senses trail.

Two Elk Trail: Travel south for 2.5 miles to Cemetery Road in Minturn. (This is the only bridge across the river in the town). Turn left on Cemetery Road and continue on the road to the fork. Take the right fork, where the road forks again, take the left fork and follow this to the end of the road.

Access from Tigiwon Road:
I-70 to Exit 171 (Hwy. 24/6), travel south on US HWY. 24 for 4 miles to Tigiwon Road FDR 707.

Cross Creek: Proceed 2 miles on Tigiwon Road to trailhead on right.

Halfmoon Pass/Mt. of Holy Cross and Fall Creek Trails: Proceed 8 miles on Tigiwon Road to the end of the road.

Notch Mountain: Same as Fall Creek trailhead. Hike the Fall Creek trail for 2 miles to the junction with Notch Mountain trail.

Access from Homestake Road:
I-70 to Exit 171 (Hwy. 24/6), travel south on US HWY. 24 for 14 miles to Homestake #703.

Whitney Lake: Turn right onto Homestake Road and proceed 5 miles to trailhead.

Missouri Lakes/Fancy Pass: Travel on Homestake Road for 7 1/2 miles to Road #704. Turn right and continue for 1 1/2 miles.

East Fork/Lonesome Lake: Proceed approximately 10 miles on FDR #703. Trailhead on left.