About Us

Who is on the other end of the line?

Although you might find us on the other end of the line of a phone or computer, we live to be outside. Some of our collective adventures include: Multi thousand mile bike trips throughout US, Canada, Mexico, and Ireland; biking our own routes; innumerable miles of singletrack; ski patrolling at Telluride, Alta, Crystal Mountain, and the Cimarron Mountain Club; climbing trips throughout the US to Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Argentina; West Buttress, Rib, and Cassin Routes on Denali; Navy Seals; horse pack trips through Argentina; Competed in Hardrock 100 running race, slalom kayak races, Rando races and the Grand Traverse; remote whitewater kayak trips across the globe; river ranger; and much more.

San Juan Huts founder Joe RyanJoe Ryan

These hut systems are the manifestation of Joe’s dreams, determination, and hours and hours of physical toil. Spending many hours, days, and years sniffing out routes, ‘humping loads’ of lumber, propane, etc into the mountains, and countless hours driving back roads, Joe intimately knows these routes and is a wealth of knowledge.

San Juan Huts Kelly RyanKelly Ryan

Joe’s daughter, Kelly, grew up around and in the huts. After college she followed her father’s footsteps and spent years guiding and ski patrolling in WA, AK, CA, CO, and abroad. In 2012, after roaming the best spots on the globe for recreation, she realized you just can’t beat the San Juans and came home to help her dad run the family business.

John Phelps