Hiking Huts

Wilderness hiking in the San Juans with a hut waiting for you at the end of each day.

Backcountry Hiking Huts

Hike The Sneffels Traverse

The Sneffels Traverse, the ultimate hiking adventure: Complete the whole Sneffels Traverse starting at Last Dollar Pass above Telluride, CO and ending in Ouray, CO. Hike through the Sneffels Wilderness area and spend one night at each of the four huts. Five to nine miles of alpine hiking trails a day provide some of the very best views in the state. You will hike through alpine meadows, aspen groves, and beneath jagged peaks.

A food drop can be arranged at Blue Lakes Hut, which is half way through the Sneffels Traverse, to insure you never have to carry more than a couple days of food. This trip is perfect for those looking for a lightweight and more secure and comfortable backpacking experience or for mountaineers looking to cover a lot of rugged terrain with minimal weight.

Come to the San Juan Mountains, the trail hiking mecca of Colorado with 360 degrees of hiking! Our 4 backcountry Hiking huts traverse the north side of the Sneffels Range, below 14,000 foot alpine peaks.The routes between most huts are suitable for fit individuals with intermediate backcountry experience, while above the huts there is remote and rugged terrain for more technical peak bagging and mountaineering. Variations exist to accommodate most levels of fitness and experience.

Create your own adventure: Many activities can be pursued in the areas of these huts or you can use them as ‘base camps’. During June through mid October, you must book the full 4 night/5 day hut to hut traverse. In the shoulder seasons, you can 'create your own adventure'. Use the huts as a location for Family Reunions and Get-Togethers – get out of town and go for a hike, a climb, a run, or a ride. We look forward to working with you to help create an adventure for you and your group to have an excellent experience.

Hiking Hut Facilities

San Juan Huts accommodate eight people per night. The wooden huts are equipped with padded bunks, sleeping bags, Crazy Creek Chairs, a propane cook stove, propane light, wood stove, and necessary utensils and cookware. Each hut is equipped with a composting toilet facility. Hikers will need to bring their own food and personal gear.

Backcountry Awareness

The hut system is designed to accommodate various levels of hiker ability. All hikers should be familiar with changing mountain weather conditions and must be adequately prepared. Hikers should possess route finding abilities, be physically fit, and general backcountry awareness.

Booking Information

From June 1 through October 15, we only book the Hiking Huts in the 4 night/5 day Sneffels Traverse. The Sneffels Traverse is $275 per person and includes your shuttle to the start of the hike. 

During "Off-Season" or the months of May, part of October, and November, we allow custom bookings in the Hiking Huts. During these months, the huts are $30 per person per night and SLEEPING BAGS AREN'T PROVIDED!

Please call or email the office with any specific questions!


Hiking Hut Info

  • Maximum 8 people per night
  • June through Mid-October, the 4 night/ 5 day Sneffels Traverse is $275 per person. This includes your shuttle to the start. 

  • During May, October, and November, or the "Off Season", we allow custom bookings. The Hiking Huts are $30 per person per night during "Off Season". 

Be Prepared

Adequate rain gear and warm clothing are necessary due to variable weather conditions. The average mountain elevation is 9,500+ feet. Temperatures can range from extreme heat to below freezing during any summer month. Springs along the trail are available for water between huts, although filtering is recommended. A carrying capacity of two liters per hiker per day is strongly advised.

What You Get

  • Comfortable Huts to Stay in
  • Crazy Creek Chairs
  • Wood Stoves
  • Custom Maps
  • Custom GPS Tracks
  • Turn by Turn Directions
  • Backup Support
  • An Adventure of a Lifetime


Our mountain huts hold eight people per night. The wooden huts are equipped with padded bunks, sleeping bags, a propane cook stove, propane light,wood stove, and necessary utensils, and cookware. Each hut is equipped with a composting toilet facility.

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Adventure Without the Weight

San Jan Huts is based in Ridgway, Colorado. Contact us for planning your next mountain bike trip, ski tour or hiking adventure. Let's talk maps, trails, food, terrain and huts. The San Juan Hut Systems extends from the high mountains around Ouray, Telluride & Durango, descending hundreds of miles toward Moab, Utah. We are passionate about supporting you in all Rocky Mountain outdoor sports & adventures; backcountry skiing, nordic trails, alpine climbing and snowshoeing, backcountry mountain biking trails with vast single track, trail running, backcountry camping & alpine hiking. Durango to Moab and Telluride to Moab are classic mountain bike trails in Colorado & Moab.

The San Juan Huts are located in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison, San Juan, and Manti La Sal National Forests and maintains licenses under Special Use Permits from the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management as well as permit agreements with several private ranch owners.

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