Backcountry Adventure for all Seasons

MTB Bike Huts

The original hut to hut biking at its best. Enjoy open
country & beautiful single-track.

Skiing Huts

Warm, dry huts separated by ski and snowshoe
adventures. What could be better?

Meet the team of San Juan Huts, the original hut to hut adventure

Learn more about San Juan Huts and the team that makes
the original hut to hut adventure possible.

Huts for all seasons

The San Juan Hut System’s mission is to provide low-impact, human-powered, lightweight backcountry sports adventure for the independent health-conscious traveler at a practical price.

We have devoted over twenty-five years to creating and defining destination hut to hut skiing and mountain bike travel. In 1983, while on a climbing/skiing trip in Canada, Joe Ryan and his buddy were inspired to develop their own hut system. Joe had used the Canadian ski huts for more than a decade. A comprehensive year-round hut system was needed in the US. That same year, Joe’s buddy was killed in an avalanche and their idea was put on hold.

A few years later, the idea was revived and put in motion. In 1987, San Juan Hut Systems was created on the north slope of the Sneffels Range in the Uncompahgre National Forest giving access to the remote Sneffells Wilderness and some of the best north aspect skiing in Colorado. Five huts were built connecting Telluride, Ridgway, and Ouray along the historic Dallas Trail system that traverses the range. Additionally, all the huts have their own trail head access. With these trails, you can ski hut-to-hut, or just reserve one hut to base from over several days as in the European and Canadian tradition.

Permit requirements at that time mandated that the huts be removed at the end of each ski season. No place to store the huts in the summer, and no source for income in the summer months kindled the birth of the first hut–to-hut mountain bike system. The first route, starting in Telluride, transitions through multiple climatic and geographic zones finishing in Moab, Utah. Fifteen years later saw the development of a second route traversing from Durango, Colorado to Moab, Utah.

Our winter hut system offers over 60 miles of cross country trails and access to phenomenal remote backcountry skiing. You are unlikely to cross another’s tracks. The San Juan Mountains present tremendous snow quality and first descent possibilities.

Our two 215 mile mountain bike routes provide a premium minimalist experience for the do it yourself adventurer. With the only destination hut-to-hut based system in the US, we take the weight out of bike touring by offering fully stocked huts and minimal route finding challenges.

Our most recent development is a system of hiking huts which provide hikers, hunters, and runners incredible access to remote terrain with light loads.

Click on one of the links above to begin learning more about your winter ski or summer bike adventure, and to the reservation/calendar page to begin booking the trip of your lifetime.


Hut Videos...

Watch this as National Geographic rides the Durango to Moab route.

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Run Hut Run – Summer Running Programs and Retreats

Run Hut Run – Summer Running Programs and Retreats

If you love the San Juan Hut System and the surrounding amazing mountainous terrain and love to run…you will LOVE the multi-day running retreats offered by Mountain to Desert Coaching and Training (M2D) – which is part of the SJHS family of businesses, run by Anne Ryan.


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Our #TelluridetoMoab and #DurangotoMoab #MTB routes are ready for their first riders next week. These 6-night, 7-day trips can also be trimmed to 4-night, 5-day trips to fit your schedule. Fully stocked huts in ridiculous locations enable epic downtime between days of riding through the best of SW #Colorado & #Utah. #adventuretravel #singletrack #getoutside #sanjuans #durango #moab #mountainbiking #huttrip #bikepacking #mountainlife #huttohut #cycling #desertlandscapephotography #mountainbike
You’ll find this on night 5 of our #DurangotoMoab mountain bike route. Stocked with food, plenty of beer, and views that tattoo your dreams. Book it. . . . #adventuretravel #singletrack #getoutside #colorado #sanjuans #durango #colorado #moab #utah #mountainbiking #huttrip #bikepacking #mountainlife #huttohut #cycling #desertlandscape
Southwest ridge of Mt. Sneffels above Lower, Middle & Upper Blue Lakes. This challenging deviation off our traditional #SneffelsTraverse route between #bluelakeshut and #ridgwayhut offers experienced mountaineers a good deal of ridgeline exposure on the way up 14,150’ #MountSneffels . . #huttohuthiking #mountainscape #adventuretravel #getoutside #colorado #sanjuans #telluride #huttrip #trekking #mountainlife #hikingclub #sanjuansarethebestjuans #sneffelstraverse
Rolling into this beautiful week just like this approach to Gateway Hut. Day 5 on the #TelluridetoMoab route. . . . #adventuretravel #singletrack #getoutside #colorado #sanjuans #telluride #colorado #moab #utah #mountainbiking #huttrip #bikepacking #mountainlife #huttohut #cycling
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There is a fire near Ridgway CO. Although this does not currently affect our huts the smoke can be seen from the hiking huts. facebook.com/GMUGFireInfo/p…

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Remember to wear bright colors, it is hunting season.

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Hot off the press is the newest movie from Ryan Van Duzer, his first day on our Durango to Moab Hut-to-Hut mountain bike trip! Check it out! youtube.com/watch?v=hg5Nj_…

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