Peru Creek

Montezuma, Colorado (Summit County)

Last Updated: 11/23/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 05/20 - 11/23
Length: 4.65 miles
Highest Elevation: 11150 feet
Duration: About 45 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Montezuma
Nearest Town w/ Services: Keystone
Official Road Name: 260
Management Agency: White River National Forest
District: Dillon Ranger District


Highlight: Peru Creek
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).


Route Information

Technical Rating

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Just off Montezuma Road, the trailhead has a large parking area and a seasonal gate.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Keystone

From US 6 at Keystone, take CR 5, Montezuma Road, east for 4.3 miles. Immediately after a bridge, pull into the parking area on the left. This is the Peru Creek trailhead.



Trail Reviews (22)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Any chance Peru is open past Chihuahua? Have you heard from the DRD as of 7/9/2019? Thanks!
–Brock Ramsey (07/09/2019)
–Trint Ladd (07/09/2019)
Q: How are the conditions on Peru? We'll be there in two weeks from Texas, but have been following the snow conditions all winter/spring and are trying to prepare for lots of snow and avalanche debris blocking trails. We know it's gonna be slim pickens this year. Any info would be great! Thanks in advance :)
–Shawna (06/30/2019)
–Trint Ladd (07/02/2019)

Writer Information

JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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