Peru Creek

4.3/5 (28 reviews)
Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)
Last Updated: 11/24/2022

Trail Information


Peru Creek is an easy dirt road that travels up from the Snake River to the Horseshoe Basin. It provides access to some of Summit County's rich mining history. Several 4WD trails of varying difficulty spur off of Peru Creek. The northeastern end of the trail is closed to motor vehicles, but can be hiked all way up to Argentine Pass or Grays Peak (elev. 14,270).

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Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (28)
Official Crew
Seasonal Closure
Visited: 11/24/2022

Closed for the season! See you next year!
Rated 4/5
Visited: 09/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Can be a little rocky in certain parts but I think a stock 2WD car can handle this if they have the patience to drive slow (1-5mph in many spots). I like that this trail follows the creek and you can stop in many places to camp or walk around.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/24/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very easy, fun trail. I often air down for Peru Creek, just to make it more comfortable going fast, but it’s not necessary. The west side of the trail has a lot of dips, but nothing a standard crossover can’t handle. The trail has amazing views and tons of dispersed camping spots.
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/14/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy trail with lots of potholes for the first mile or two. Stopped for lots of photos of a pretty little stream next to the trail, beaver dams, mines and scenic mountains along the trail. Sorry to see the trail doesn't go to Horseshoe Basin anymore. We used to really enjoy it back in the 1980's when it was open.
Rated 5/5
Visited: 07/03/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Very easy dirt road with some really good views driving through the valley. Having a few spurs (Warden Gulch, Chihuahua Gulch & Cinnamon Gulch) makes this area a lot of fun and I spent two days exploring/camping and had a good time. It was also pretty cool seeing some cars parked on top of Argentine Pass knowing I've been up there a few times and am usually looking down on the Peru Creek area!

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