Driving DirectionsDrive on Colorado 9 from the north or south to the town of Alma. In the center of Alma, look for a wooden sign that marks the Buckskin Creek Road (also called the Kite Lake Road, Park County 8).
Follow the Kite Lake Road for 6 miles to the pay parking area. Parking costs $3, and camping costs $7. This road can be done with a passenger car, but it can be very rugged and rutted after a hard winter. Most cars can make it to near the Sweet Home Mine. The road is often grated in summer, but this can vary from year to year.
The pay area parking has a Forest Service restroom and little else.
Snow closure will vary on Kite Lake Road. Typically in winter, snow closure will be at a plow turnaround below the old mill at 4.0 miles from Alma.