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Quick Facts

10th Mountain Division Hut System

Advanced Terrain: Sawatch and Gore Mountain Ranges
Capacity: generally 16/hut People
Difficulty: varies depending on shelter site
Elevation: varies between 9,700 and 11,700 ft.
Intermediate Terrain: several shelters in system
Number of Sites: 20 shelters in system
Reservation Contact: 970.925.5775 Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association
Reservation Status: Required
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: varies The huts are accessible only by cross-country skiis or snowshoes during winter months.




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General Description

Photo of the Mcnamara Hut
Copyright: Don Hillmuth - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Photo of the Mcnamara Hut
The Tenth Mountain Division Huts lie in the mountains between Aspen, Leadville and Vail. The system surrounds the Holy Cross Wilderness area and lies within the Sawatch Mountain range. The huts are privately owned and maintained shelters built on public lands and open to everyone, via a reservation system. The hut system is named for the soldiers that trained in the rugged terrain of this region, stationed at Camp Hale, and fought in World War II.

The huts are backcountry cabins of wood construction, with a deck that provides glorious views of the surrounding terrain. Generally they sleep 16 people in three to four bunk rooms. Mattresses, a wood burning stove, propane burners, cooking and eating utensils, firewood and toilet paper are supplied.

The huts are open during the winter and summer months for telemarking, Nordic skiing, backpacking and mountain biking trips. It is particularly well known, and wildly popular, to residents and visitors of Colorado, therefore it is important to make reservations early. The cabins are usually booked to capacity and will be shared by a few groups.

Directions from Highway 24: The easternmost huts in the system can be accessed from Highway 24 between Red Cliff and Leadville.

Directions from Edwards: Access to the Polar Star Inn, Carl's Cabin, Peter Estin and Harry Gates Huts can be gained via Colorado Road 25A .

Directions from Eagle: Access to the Polar Star Inn, Carl's Cabin, Peter Estin and Harry Gates Huts can be gained via Forest Roads 400 and 415 south of Eagle.

Directions from Aspen: The McNamara Hut (open only in winter) and Margy's Hut are accessible via Hunter Creek Road north of Aspen or from Ruedi Reservoir Road north of Basalt.



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Cross-country Skiing Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Cold Water Fishing Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
Yes
ICON Plant Identification Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Lodging Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Mountain Biking Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Backcountry Skiing Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Snowshoeing Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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ICON Viewing Scenery Tenth Mountain Division Hut System
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Related Activities
Alfred A. Braun Hut System - The Alfred A. Braun system of huts was the first to be established in Colorado shortly after World War II. These sites are recommended for intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers only.

Friends Hut, Elkton Cabins, Forrest Queen Cabin - Five backcountry cabins are accessible from the Crested Butte area. The backcountry in this region is particularly prone to avalanches, due to the steepness of the terrain.

Hinsdale Haute Route - This yurt system lies south of Lake City in the Gunnison and Rio Grande National Forests. It provides opportunities for beginner, intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers.

Never Summer Yurts - This hut system is open through all seasons for biking, backpacking, snowshoeing and skiing. It lies within Colorado State Forest State Park.

San Juan Hut System - This hut system consists of five huts in the northern San Juan Mountains. Terrain includes appropriate beginner, intermediate and expert slopes.

San Juan Hut System - This route lead 206 miles from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah, through diverse and changing terrain.

Summit Hut System - This hut association maintains four backcountry cabins (and growing) in Summit County, Colorado. Reservations can be made through the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association in Aspen.



More Information

Links to other sites:
Tenth Mountain Division Hut System - Official Tenth Mountain Hut System website for reservations and further information.

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