Red Sandstone (Muddy Pass)  
USGS 7.5' Map: Wolcott, State Bridge, Lava Creek, Edwards, Vail West
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 700 24.00 7,120 to 10,640 ft. NA 5-6 hours
County: Eagle
Adopted by:      
Managed by: White River National Forest,
Holy Cross Ranger District
24747 US Hwy 24 (P.O. Box 190)
Minturn, Colorado 81645
Summary: Red Sandstone 4WD road is a long road that crosses Muddy Pass connecting Wolcott to Vail on the north side of Red and White Mountain.
Attractions: Scenery.
Agency - Nov 23 to May 20
Best Time: June - May still be snowed in
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows possible
Trail Heads
Camping: There are many dispersed campsites along the Red Sandstone road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the network of roads around Red and White Mountain. It also has quick access to Wolcott, Edwards, and Vail.
Fall Colors: Good - There are aspen at the top of Muddy Pass but the larger groves are to the east of the pass as FR700 continued toward Vail.
Navigation: From Wolcott, CO. head north on Colorado Hwy 131 North toward Yacht Club Drive. Go 2.4 miles and turn right onto Muddy Creek Rd. This is the start of Red Sandstone, FR 700, which goes to Muddy Pass.
Red Sandstone road starts off of Hwy 131. You will come to a pull out that has an information sign. From here you will be driving through private property for about 4.5 miles before you reach public lands. The road is well maintained. It follows Muddy Creek past side roads that lead to dry pastures. Just past the first hairpin turn you will pass onto public lands.

There is a dispersed campsite just past the public lands boundary. The road continues to climb and passes another hairpin turn. Just beyond is another dispersed campsite at the end of a short spur road. Red Sandstone road will continue to climb through two short switchbacks. After this you will climb to the top of a wide saddle which is Muddy Pass.
Muddy Pass

photo by:
Adam M

Muddy Pass road, FR405 continues to the left for just over a mile before leaving public lands. Red Sandstone, FR700 continues to the right.

Note: I have not driven the remainder of FR700 since 1997. It continues on around Red and White Mountain connecting with Red Sandstone Creek where it drops down into Vail.
Data updated October 29, 2013        4WD Road driven August 31, 2013        Copyright - 2000-2014