10th Mountain Division Huts, Colorado

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10th Mountain Division Hut System

The 10th Mountain Division Hut System was developed by the U.S. army during training in the lush Colorado high country during the World War II era. Today, 30 maintained huts can be enjoyed via backcountry skiing, mountain biking, or hiking.

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  • 10th Mountain Division Huts, Colorado, are a fascinating collection of huts developed by the U.S army for training during World War II.
  • The routes to the huts vary in length.
  • Backcountry skiers, mountain bikers, and hikers can access the huts.


In Colorado's lush countryside lies the fascinating 10th Mountain Division Huts, which were developed by the U.S. army during World War II. The Colorado Mountain Hut system now includes 30 backcountry huts that can be accessed via suggested routes along 350 miles of trail that are great for skiing, biking, or hiking.


The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association is located at 1280 Ute Ave, Suite 21, Aspen, but the huts are all located in the backcountry that spans from north of Vail to Gunnison. The average distance to a hut is 6-8 miles. For more information about actual hut location and maps call 970-925-5775 or visit their website.


The Colorado Mountain Huts can either be enjoyed in the winter (Thanksgiving to April 30th) or summer (July 1st through September 30th). The huts are typically closed in the fall and spring.


Most huts have enough room to accommodate a few small groups at a time. Huts are booked on a per person basis. Fees range from $33 to $45 per person. A few huts can only be booked by one group at a time.


The 10th Mountain Division Huts Association recommends hiring a backcountry guide for your skiing, biking, or hiking expedition if you are unfamiliar with backcountry travel and safety. They provide a list of guides on their website.