The Snake River Land Exchange was approved by the White River National Forest in 2010. Under this exchange, the historic Chihuahua Townsite in the Peru Creek drainage due east of Keystone, Colorado will be conveyed to the United States. The Chihuahua Townsite was a vibrant mining town in the 1880’s complete with brothels and hangings.
Today it is a high mountain meadow and forest with valuable wetland fens and Peru Creek running through it. The property is also a popular access point to two Colorado Fourteeners; Grays and Torrey Peaks. In exchange the owners of the Chihuahua Townsite will receive approximately 21 acres of National Forest near the River Run Base of the Keystone Resort. This exchange is expected to close in the near future.