Dispersed camping. This road offers amazing scenery, gorgeous hiking trails and access to other spur roads, all without being very difficult for most SUVs to access. It is a fairly mellow road with plenty of room to pass other vehicles. Expect to see passenger cars on this road as well, though an SUV with good clearance is recommended. You will have opportunities to explore other drainages off the main Peru Creek Road including Warden Gulch, Chihuahua Gulch, and Cinnamon Gulch. Eventually you will come to a parking area and gate at the Shoe Basin Mine. Beyond this point the road is closed to motorized access, but you can continue on by hiking, mountain biking or horseback. The hike to Horseshoe Basin at the top of the drainage follows an old 4WD road and the scenery is outstanding.
There are a ton of spots, but be careful and make sure they're approved. We stopped at one that had a fire ring made from rocks but it wasn't 100' from water. we parked at night so we didn't see the sign that said it wasn't a legal camping spot, then the next day we got a ticket from a park ranger. It was our fault but just thought I should mention it so others don't make the same mistake. There were several other spots, we just liked the location of this one. Anyway, tons of tree cover, streams, trails, wild flowers etc. There was also a decent amount of traffic from other campers and off road vehicles/ATV's but if you go farther up the road and then find a spot a little farther from the road, it wont be a big deal.
Absolutely loved this spot!
we had a great time staying here. Easy to drive to the camping area & it made a great home base for several 4wd roads in the area. Will totally be back!
We were able to get up most of the road in a weighed down Pontiac Vibe.
Great basecamp for adventures. We accessed further down the road with our mountain bikes.
Once camping area had a picnic table, most others were typical dispersed camping. There is a super cool mine in the area that you can explore!
Most SUVs will be fine on this AWD access road. There's not many difficult sections and since there are pull offs to camp or let others pass, navigating the road isn't much problem.
This is a great area to disperse camp if you want to access some great hikes in some backcountry part of Colorado. During the drive of the access road, there will be trail signs for places like Warden Gulch, Chihuahua Gulch, and Cinnamon Gulch. The very end of the road is also where this cool abandoned mine of some kind is located. I've been there before and seen people park in this turnaround area and take motorbikes or horses onto the other side of Peru Creek to explore the mine. You can access it on foot as well. It's totally worth checking out, just explore safely.
All along this #260 road there are opportunities to pull off and camp. There are established sites all over the place. They can fill up on popular weekends of the year I'm sure. There are no toilets, showers, facilities, or waste bins. Pack accordingly to minimize impact.