Peru Creek

Montezuma, Colorado 80435

Peru Creek

Peru Creek Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail is truly an outstanding SUV adventure. It offers stunning scenery, rich mining history with many well-preserved structures, bubbling brooks, abundant wildflowers, beaver ponds, shaded camp spots, hiking and mountain biking trails, and many legal side roads for ATVs and Jeeps. As you pass Cinnamon Gulch, you can’t miss the picturesque mines on the hillside. The road to the mines looks intimidating, but it is only moderately challenging in good weather. The highest point of the trail at Horseshoe Basin is above 12,000 feet, so expect snow to linger here well into July. The lower part of the trail would be open earlier. Although the trail is mostly easy, it is not boring. There is just enough variety to make the drive fun. Optional upper end of trail, at Horseshoe Basin, is narrower and rougher, but most high-clearance SUVs should have no problem. Optional side trip up Cinnamon Gulch is manageable to mine at Waypoint 6, but is very rocky above the mine."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides)
Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon
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"If you are a novice skier or snowshoer who wants to take in the rich mining history of the area while enjoying a pleasant backcountry outing, this popular tour is well suited to you. Mine sites and remnants of old mining buildings whose stories are untold create a scenic foreground against the rugged mountains. In addition to a sack lunch and drinking water, taking your camera along is a must!"
ATV Trails Guide Colorado: Central Mountains (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"Main road is short but leads to interesting and photogenic structures at the Pennsylvania Mine. Moderately skilled riders should have no problem with optional Chihuahua and Warden Gulches. To extend your day in this beautiful area, add a picnic or hike."

Peru Creek Trip Reports

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An easy 4-wd Jeep Road that can be taken with a 2-wd truck or SUV. Wonderful stream, interesting mines, and great views. Please don't drive off the road - the area is prone to being abused. Good camping.
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Great area. Must do!! Nice road, should use high clearance, but a car could get up if you go slow. Great hiking trails all the way up.
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This is a great and easy ATV ride until you reach the mine cutoffs about 12 miles in. Then the ride becomes difficult and slow going is recommended. There are some great cutoffs to the old mines. I'm not aware of any particularly dangerous poen pits, but caution is advised. Great camping, beautiful scenery but the afternoon Rocky Mtn thunderstorms will catch you, so be prepared.
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This trail was as advertised with an easy rating and very scenic. The trail was easily navigated with my rental Durango without ever having to engage 4x4. In fact there were several low clearance sports cars (Lexus) parked as far up as about 1/3 of the way up the trail. This was great for us though, we were visiting the area and just wanted to get off the beaten path. With two cars full of family including a toddler, this turned out to be just right. The scenery was good, with the old mining buildings mixed into the relatively open wilderness area. We drove as far as the parking area at 4.6 miles and walked up to the Argentine trail head and about 1/2 mile up the trail itself to get a view. The road does get a bit more rocky and rough at that point and above, but I would still rate it as easy in terms of off roading. I would recommend this trail to anyone that is interested in getting outdoors and enjoying a nice weekend day. There was a modest amount of traffic on the trail, we passed 3-4 cars, a couple motocycles and and ATV along the way (and a nice buck deer about 30 ft off the main trail).

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
ATVs and Dirt Bikes
Skill Level
About 3 hours
Spring through fall; when snow free
Additional Use
White River National Forest
Local Contacts
Colorado Atlas and Gazetteer; White River National Forest map; Trails Illustrated Idaho Springs, Georgetown, Loveland Pass #104
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