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Holy Cross Wilderness Area free

Holy Cross City Road | Colorado 81645 | Official website
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  • Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.4)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Straddling the Arkansas River about 30 miles south of Vail, the Holy Cross Wilderness Area makes for a great daytrip during the warmer months. Encompassing an impressive 122,797 acres of rugged Colorado scenery -- including jagged mountains, lush valleys and verdant aspen forests -- the park is home to 164 miles of hiking and biking trails. Just make sure to bring your camera: You're sure to come in contact with a few elk.

The Holy Cross Wilderness Area is open to visitors year-round; however, this park is subject to heavy snowfall during the colder months, so wintertime visitors should be extra cautious about not getting lost in the snow. While you don't have to pay to explore Holy Cross, you will have to register for a free permit before beginning your hike. For more information, visit the wilderness area's website.

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