Deer Creek

Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 10/26/2021
4.9 / 5 ( 22 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/20 - 11/23
Length: 3.67 miles
Highest Elevation: 12370 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Montezuma
Nearest Town w/ Services: Keystone
Official Road Name: 5
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District


Highlight: Deer Creek
Deer Creek 4WD trail is the easiest of the trails heading out of Montezuma. It works its way south up the valley and summits at the Continental Divide, connecting with a few other popular 4WD trails in the high alpine tundra.


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1. Northern Trailhead (0 mi)
In a meadow, the road widens into a large parking area.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Keystone

The following describes Deer Creek 4WD trail from north to south. From US 6 at Keystone, take CR 5, Montezuma Road, east for 4.9 miles to the tiny village of Montezuma. Continue straight through town and a further 3.3 miles. At a wide meadow, the trailhead has a parking area on the right. To run this trail from south to north, the southern trailhead is at the junction of Middle Fork Swan River, Saints John Road (FS 275), and Deer Creek Road (FS 5).



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Trint Ladd

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Trint grew up riding dirt bikes in the creek beds of the Texas Panhandle. While attending college in Colorado in the late 1990's, he saw a magazine article about a Ford Explorer four-wheeling club. He never saw his Explorer as an adventure vehicle before, but quickly joined up and caught the bug. With his engineering background, Trint has always respected the factory design of a good truck (and recognized when manufacturers put cheap parts into something marketed for off road use). "A good driver, with a well built, stock truck can do trails that would break a $50k, built-up rig with an inexperienced driver." He put that 1st gen Explorer though hell and it always held up, earning great respect from the "big dawgs" in the club. (And earning the nickname, "The Idiot Stocker.") The truck was christened "BamBam" because of the frequent sounds ringing out from the factory skid plates. Now that Trint is "grown-up" (quotation marks intentional), he's a bit less inclined to dent up his 2011 Toyota Tacoma, but still feels the same way about superior engineering. The "Stocko Taco" wheeled for over 10 years with no mods other than trail armor. In 2021, it finally got a couple of inches of lift... and a new name: "Taco Supreme." Trint's love for the mountains was ingrained at a very early age. 8mm film exists of 18-month-old Trint in a backpack on his dad's back while riding dirt bikes through the mountains of Red River, NM. Although Trint does enjoy a good, tough, technical rock trail, he can often be found on easier, winding, Alpine roads just taking the glory of God's country.
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