Santa Fe Peak Road Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Easy 4WD, good clearance recommended. 3   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)

Driving Directions

From U.S. 6 west of Loveland Pass, exit at Keystone and drive to the Montezuma road near the east end of the ski area. Drive approx. 5.5 miles to the town of Montezuma and look for the 264 road on the left, at a stop sign near the middle of town. Turn left and drive about 1 mile to find good parking on the side of the road. The road is also known as the Santa Fe Peak road.

Winter Access

The road out of Montezuma is closed in winter.
Status Updates 
Posted By: mjlucarelli
Info: Just an FYI. We were going to do Santa Fe Peak from Santa Fe Peak Rd but the home owner closest to the 2wd Parking area told us that we were not allowed to park there. We had no idea if the 2wd parking area is on private or public land so we ended up doing the peak from a trail head off of Peru Creek Rd. We descended Santa Fe Peak Road once we summited Santa Fe Peak and the entire road was covered in snow, even hard to find in some places above treeline, so most vehicles will probably have to park at the 2wd parking area (assuming you are allowed too!).
Posted By: shaunblair
Info: I parked at the switchback at 12000’, the road has a snowbank covering the road at 12400’. Above the snowbank, the road becomes a river in the afternoon. Should melt out in a week or two...
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Park at the bottom of the road in Montezuma, as the snow starts within just a few feet of the small (5ish cars) parking area there.
Posted By: richwill
Info: 2 miles up from Montezuma road is blocked by a fallen tree
Posted By: mikemalick
Info: Made it all the way to the Quail Mine in my ‘06 AWD Ford Escape. No snow until you break out of tree line, but even then you will always have at least two wheels on dirt/rock for the short stretches where there is snow. Definitely recommend careful driving in an AWD/4WD with good clearance. On my way back down there were Jeeps near the mine as well. First pic shows the Quail Mine area and the 2nd pic shows where the snow is right after tree line.
Posted By: mike14
Info: Clear to treeline. Parked 1 mile up (10,800). 4 wheel drive recommended.
Posted By: jbealer
Info: I was able to drive my Honda Element to with in 1,100ft of the mine. I did have a white knuckle drive back down and questioned why i drove up the road to start with. Higher clearance vehicles will do much better with good tires. I was lucky to find a good pull over spot right at the end of the trees. I was also alone so no help to guide my back up on this tight road to turn back around on the way back.
Posted By: Bowman
Info: Inaccessible due to Montezuma road closure. For more info, see:
Posted By: CarpeDM
Info: Parked my Honda Fit at a switchback at 10,580. Probably could‘ve driven further up, but it was a good spot.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The road was in good shape and we parked at 10,800‘, approx. 1 mile up.

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