After almost a full year of lying dormant, the mountainsides are now alive with color and new life. Indian paintbrush, lupine and many other wildflowers now carpet the ridge that overlooks the Northern Sawatch Range. Shrine Ridge is named for it's incredible views of Mt. of the Holy Cross. Holy Cross, the highest peak in the center, is one of Colorado's most famous "fourteeners." it rises just a few miles outside of Vail, Colorado, and is known for its cross shaped couloir, which in summer is the last part of the mountain filled with snow, leaving a large cross on the east face of the summit.