Shrine Mountain Inn

Built in 1987 and located near Vail, Colorado, Shrine Mountain Inn is a wilderness retreat for hikers, snowshoers, skiers, mountain bikers, and snowboarders.

Shrine Mountain Inn consists of three rustic log cabins, each with fireplaces, electricity, running water and other amenities. Overlooking the heart of the Colorado Rockies, the huts offer guests a cozy romantic getaway in a unique backcountry setting.

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Directions to Shrine Mountain Inn

Shrine Mountain Inn is located 2.5 miles from Interstate 70, Vail Pass by road (Forest Service road 712), and 2.7 miles by trail. Vehicle and bicycle access to Shrine Mountain Inn is possible via Shrine Pass Road in July, August, September, and most of October. Hiking, skiing, and snowshoe access is also available year round from the Vail Pass Rest Area via trail.

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While the above routes are the easiest ways to get to Shrine Mountain Inn, below is a list of alternative routes. For complete trailhead directions, please contact TMDHA at (970) 925-5775.

Winter Access

  • Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard Hut. Elevation 11,500 feet. Route: Via Shrine Ridge. Total distance 6.8 miles.
  • Trailhead: Redcliff. Elevation 8,680 feet. Route: Via Shrine Pass Road. Total distance 9.3 miles.
  • Trailhead: Vail. Elevation 8,220 feet. Route: Via the Commando Run. Total distance 15.9 miles.

Summer Access

  • Trailhead: Redcliff. Elevation 8,680 feet. Route: Via F.S. road 709, F.S. road 712 to the huts. Total distance 9.3 miles.
  • Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard Hut. Elevation 11,500 feet. Route: Via F.S. road 751, F.S. road 702, F.S. road 714, F.S. road 708, F.S. road 709, F.S. road 712 to the huts. Total distance 25.2 miles.
  • Trailhead: Fowler-Hilliard Hut. Elevation 11,500 feet. Route: Via F.S. road 751, F.S. road 702, F.S. road 747, F.S. road 709, F.S. road 712 to the huts. Total distance 12.2 miles.

Recommended Maps

  • Official 10th Mountain, Winter Map: Resolution Mountain
  • Official 10th Mountain, Summer Map: Leadville
  • USGS Map: Vail Pass Quadrangle
  • USFS Forest Visitor's Map: White River National Forest

All of these maps are available through the TMDHA Website, or at many sporting goods or outdoor equipment stores around the state.