San Juan Hut System
Ski or Mountain Bike from Hut to Hut
Coloradans will tell you many of their best memories stem from hut trips as they escaped the office and ventured deep into the mountains. The San Juan Hut System and its designated skiing and mountain biking routes help create many of these lasting memories. Doses of daytime excitement capped with cozy, peaceful evenings gazing at the stars before turning into rest provide the ultimate backcountry experience.
Photo Courtesy of Peak Mountain Guides
The San Juan Hut System is perfect for the adventurous spirit that loves to explore the mountains via skis, bike or foot. Open during both summer and winter months, backcountry enthusiasts can travel faster and lighter knowing the huts are equipped with eight padded bunks, a propane-powered cooking stove, propane light, a wood stove, utensils and cookware, and a composting toilet facility. For a little luxury in the backcountry, the mountain biking huts are stocked with fresh and healthy food to fuel you for your ride upon request.
Grab your cross country skis or slap on your skins to tour 60 miles of trails between five different huts connecting Telluride, Ridgway and Ouray. Along these trails are bowls, couloirs and snowfields ripe for pristine backcountry skiing.
Mountain bikers can enjoy two 215-mile routes along historic logging, mining and ranching roads. Several singletrack routes provide rushes of adrenaline for technical riders.
Thanks to the San Juan Hut System, trekking the rugged Sneffels Wilderness Area is a bit easier with four huts connecting Ouray and Last Dollar Pass. Trails between the huts serve up magnificent views of the rugged landscape and 14,000 alpine peaks. Higher elevation trails tempt serious backpackers with the chance to put their mountaineering skills to use scrambling to peaks.