From the exit on I-70 for Silverthorne, (#205) head south on US HWY 6 (aka: Blue River Parkway). The highway north of the interstate becomes State Highway 9, but south of the interstate it's US 6. Drive south and east along US 6 to Keystone, passing several arms or bays of Lake Dillon. As you come to the Keystone Ski area, watch for a right hand turn onto Montezuma Road. The road goes briefly south, passing by some of the parking for the ski area, then heads east and follows along the Snake River. At about 4.6 miles from the turn off US 6, watch for the road to make a sharper left, then right turn. At that right hand turn, make a left turn onto FR 260. This is the Peru Creek Road. Coordinates for the turnoff are: N 39° 35' 31.28" W 105° 52' 15.66". In 1.1 mile, the road crosses Peru Creek. At 2.1 miles is the turnoff for Chihuahua Gulch. Many passenger vehicles can make it to this point, but a cross-over type with some better clearance may make you feel more comfortable. There is some limited roadside parking there and back just a short distance on a road that turns south and goes back down across Peru Creek. Coordinates are: N 39° 36' 01.55" W 105° 50' 17.15". 10,475 ft. This is where the route for Lewanee Peak begins. For Ruby Mountain, continue another 2.6 miles to the parking area at the Shoe Basin Mine. This is the Ruby Mtn. trailhead. Shortly beyond here, the road is usually gated. The main coordinates posted for trailhead on this page are for this upper access to Ruby.

4WD vehicles may continue up the road into Chihuahua Gulch. There are two places that afford some parking off the road. The first is at 11,170 ft: N 39° 37" 10.03" W 105° 50' 23.02". It may be possible to camp here and at some other primitive sites along this 4WD road. Further on is the end of any vehicle traffic at 11,240 ft: N 39° 37' 22.23" W 105° 50' 22.75". The following link is to a NF Service description of this 4WD road up Chihuahua Gulch:


As you drive up the Peru Creek road, there are several primitive camping sites to choose from on generally National Forest land. You may also be able to get away with a car camp at the parking area for the trailhead. However, there are a large number of old mining claims and private property in-holdings and cabins, so be respectful of any private property postings. There appears to be a good primitive campsite area where FR 263 turns off FR 260 to the south and immediately crosses Peru Creek. See coordinates below. If you need additional ideas about camping, try visiting this website: Most Front Range hikers will likely do this as a day hike.

Campsite Locations

Primitive camp › N 39° 36' 00.20", W 105° 50' 22.95"
Elevation 10,440 ft.
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