Colorado is home to the world class 10th Mountain Division Hut system, which connects 34 huts over 350 miles of beautiful yet challenging terrain throughout the Rocky Mountains. These huts honor the men of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. From the 10th Mountain Division Huts website, “Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self reliance, and love of the outdoors.”
The huts usually need to be reserved a year in advance, but we have the inside scoop on a way to find last minute hookups! The website www.huts.org shows you information regarding each individual hut, including price and the facilities available. If you search for “User Forums” you can buy and sell existing reservations at the last minute. Trust us, these huts are so beautiful it is worth a little extra time and effort to find one as soon as possible!
I recently stayed in the original 10th Mountain Division Hut outside of Leadville. It was a hard 5 miles in, but totally worth the struggle! My favorite part was making dinner in the spacious kitchen and flipping through all the informational books provided in the library. There is no need to bring freeze-dried meals when you can bring some fresh veggies, tempeh and couscous- along with an ice-cold 6-pack! The next morning was a crystal clear bluebird day – perfect for crushing Homestake Peak. We highly recommend staying here at the A-Lodge while you wait for a hut to open up so you can get out there and enjoy the backcountry!
— Lindsay Purifoy