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10th Mountain Division Hut System

Experiencing the backcountry of the Colorado Rocky Mountains in the winter or summer is one of rigor, excitement and reward.  An essence of this experience can be found in a hut-to-hut adventure where unique opportunity meets outdoor fervor.  The 10th Mountain Division Hut System was developed in 1980 by a group of non-profit volunteers in order to offer safe, warm, and distinct lodging for the adventurous and exploratory.  These trails offer only intermediate to difficult terrain so please prepare properly for your mountain adventure.

The system features 18 accommodations that are dotted amongst 300 miles of trails stretching between Aspen, Leadville, and Vail.  Each hut has lodging for about 16 travelers and is often booked to capacity so make sure to get reservations early.  The rates and amenities vary from hut to hut and must be booked prior to arrival.  Hut amenities typically include a wood burning stove for heating and cooking, propane burners, lighting, utensils and kitchen supplies, mattresses and pillows.  Guests are required to bring their own sleeping bag, food, and personal and emergency gear.

The 10th Mountain Division Huts are listed in order of east to southwest and then to the northwest:  Eiseman Hut, Shrine Mountain Inn, Fowler Hilliard Hut, Janets Cabin, Jackal Hut, Vances Cabin, Sangree M. Froelicher Hut, Continental Divide Cabin, 10th Mountain Division Hut, Uncle Bud’s Hut, Skinner Hut, Betty Bear Hut, Benedict Huts, McNamara Hut, Margy’s Hut, Harry Gates Hut, Peter Estin Hut, Polar Star Inn Hut.  We have provided a brief overview of each of the huts; however, be sure to collect more detailed information prior to your trip.  You may either contact us or the 10th Mountain Division Association at Huts.org for more information.

If you want to take advantage of this incredible experience but are unsure of you ability to plan for a trip of this nature there are many guides and outfitters in the area to assist you.  You may also want to take advantage of the many local shops for retail and rental gear to make sure you are well equipped prior to departure.  The hut system is a multi seasonal operation and they may be accessed in a number of ways, such as; hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.  If you would like to learn a little more about Camp Hale and the 10th Mountain Division we have provided a brief history for your enjoyment.   

If you are planning a trip here in the Vail Valley and would like to share your photos and/or experience please, email us!  We are putting together an exciting gallery of photos for all to enjoy.   Wouldn’t you like to show off your photos to thousands of people?!

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