Parks & Outdoors



Holy Cross Wilderness

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 are only some of the year round recreation opportunities offered by the White River National Forest. Roughly 35 percent of the district is designated Wilderness and includes major portions of the Holy Cross and Eagle's Nest Wildernesses. Five huts operated by the Tenth Mountain Hut Association along with their associated trail systems are found on the district. Camp Hale, a World War II winter training site now on the National Register of Historic Places, is situated toward the south end of the district.

The Holy Cross District lies on the northern extent of the Sawatch Mountain Range and the western flank of the Gore Range, about 100 miles west of Denver. It includes the forest areas surrounding the towns of Vail, Minturn, Red Cliff and Avon. To the north, the district takes in much of the Piney River and Sheephorn Creek drainages.