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Reflection in Mohawk Lake, CO
Mohawk Lake


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Ute Pass

Impressive views of the Gore Range.

The Gore Range from Ute Pass

How to get there:

I-70 west to exit 205. North on SH-9 12.5 miles to Ute Pass Rd then east to the pass.

  • From I-70/C470 to exit 205
  • 54 miles 1 hour
  • GPS
  • Ute Pass
  • 39.8053 -106.1299

In General:CampgroundFishing Available

  • Length: 15 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 20 mins

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Mohawk Lakes

One of the most beautiful lakes in Colorado.

Mohawk Lake

How to get there:

I-70 west to exit 203. South on SH-9 to the last stoplight in Breckenridge then 1.5 miles south and turn right onto Crown Dr. Proceed for about 1.6 miles to a well marked parking area and trailhead.

  • From I-70/C470 to the TH
  • 70 miles 1 hr 25 mins
  • GPS
  • TH Parking
  • 39.4371 -106.0507

In General:4wd vehicle with low range requiredHikingFishing Available

  • Length: 7 miles RT
  • Elev gain: 1,700 ft
  • Rating: Moderate
  • Hiking Time: min. 3 hours

This TH parking area is considered the end of 2wd vehicle access. With high clearance and 4wd, there are several other parking areas further down the road. It is possible to cut off 4 miles of trail length from the round trip.

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Mayflower Gulch

Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway America's BywayColorado Scenic BywayNational Forest Byway

Jacque Peak through a cabin window

How to get there:

I-70 west to exit 195. South on SH 91 5.8 miles past the Copper Mountain Ski Area entrance to a small parking area on the east side of the highway.

  • From I-70/C470 to exit 195
  • 70 miles 1 hr 25 mins
  • GPS
  • Parking Area
  • 39.4307 -106.1661
  • GPS
  • Cabins
  • 39.4140 -106.1481

In General:4wd vehicle with low range requiredHiking

  • Length: 7 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 30 mins

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Shrine Pass

Great views of the Mount of the Holy Cross.

Fall foliage on Shrine Pass.

How to get there:

I-70 west to exit 190 – Vail Pass Rest Area.

Cross the highway and instead of following the pavement to the Rest Area, continue on the dirt road straight ahead.

  • From I-70/C470 to CR 16
  • 69 miles 1 hr 20 mins
  • GPS CR 16 – Shrine Pass Rd
  • 39.5296 -106.2179

In General:4wd vehicle with low range required Seasonal Closure

  • Length: 12 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 40 mins

In good conditions, this wide dirt road is suitable for any passenger vehicle.

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Piney Lake

Beautiful views of the Gore Range!

Phantom Canyon Road near Cañon City

How to get there:

Located 12 miles north of Vail.

  • From I-70/C470 to Exit 176
  • 84 miles 1 hr 20 mins
  • GPS
  • I-70/Exit 176
  • 39.6435 -106.3739

In General:CampgroundFishing AvailableHikingcanoeinghorseback riding

  • Length: 12 miles
  • Driving Time: min. 45 mins

Dirt road in fair condition; most two-wheel drive vehicles should be able to handle the drive just fine. Piney River Ranch sits near the lake and offers recreation activities like canoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, horseback riding, and more.

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