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Description - Colorado, unique in the nation, has a vast backcountry hut system. It includes yurts, huts and cabins in the northern, central and southern Rocky Mountains of the state. There are approximately ten hut systems throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Attractions - There are approximately ten hut systems throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The systems are made up of huts, yurts and cabins that lie in areas inaccessible by automobile. Some of the huts lie only a few miles from a trailhead and others lie a considerable distance from any road. The shelters can be as sophisticated as a deluxe mountain cabin or as primitive as an abandoned mining camp. Most shelters will include basic kitchen utensils, heat source and sleeping accommodations.

Recreation - The Colorado huts have been established and maintained to provide residents and visitors access to the varied terrain of the state's backcountry. Many of the hut systems provide shelter throughout the year providing opportunity for various recreation pursuits. During the warmer months hut users enjoy backpacking and mountain biking. The systems that maintain shelters during the winter months are open to telemark, Nordic and cross-country skiers. A few of the huts lie within designated wilderness areas. These hut are not open to mountain biking or other motorized vehicles.

Climate - The climate in Colorado's mountains varies dramatically from season to season and often from hour to hour. Generally expect summer (late June through August) temperatures to reach 70 degrees F with cooler temperatures above 10,000 feet. Summer nights can be cool with temperatures dipping close to freezing in the high country. Expect afternoon thunderstorms that bring cold rain (and sometimes snow) to the mountains.

Winter temperatures usually remain below 45 degrees F during the day and dip below zero degrees at night. Daytime temperatures can feel very warm on a sunny day, especially if you are traveling at moderate elevations. Weather conditions can change quickly in the high country, so skiers should be prepared for varying conditions. Always check the weather and avalanche reports before attempting a hut trip in winter.

Spring and fall bring moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights. These seasons also bring unpredictable storms and precipitation. Be sure to check the weather forecast before venturing into the backcountry during these transitional periods.

Location - The hut systems in Colorado lie within the mountainous regions of the state. There are systems in the northern, central and southern Rocky Mountains.

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Filed By: Jeff Dillavou (Northglenn, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Vance's Hut - 1-5-11 Hike in was steeper than I thought, but not too bad rate as Med.- Hut does have gas stove AND OVEN (they did not info you about the oven) so you can bake. - Hut was nice and view was wonderful. Good first hut trip.

Filed By: Ben (Denver, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Hidden Treasure Yurt was a great experience. It was quite a hike to get up there. The first 3 or four miles was along a snowmobile trail so we were hiking on groomed snow. The last 3 miles we post holed our way up to the yurt. Plan on a full day of hiking. We didn't and ended up finishing the hike in the dark in a blizzard. The skiing was great above the yurt. only an hour hike or so to reach the summit from the yurt. did not see another soul for 4 days. the greatest reward was being able to ski all the way back to the car at the end of the trip...a 6 mile run in the backcountry. unbeatable.

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Colorado - Colorado's varied geography ranges from plains to mountains to deserts and offers incredible winter and summer recreation activities.


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