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“Love the winter trip!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of San Juan Hut Systems

San Juan Hut Systems
Ranked #6 of 15 things to do in Ridgway
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Owner description: San Juan Hut Systems is a series of backcountry huts that lead you through spectacular Southwestern terrain and provides skiers, bikers, snowshoers, hikers, trail runners, boaters, horse packers and hunters with an experience of a lifetime. The Colorado huts allow for lightweight travel while maintaining a self reliant adventure.Our winter ski hut system offers over 60 miles of nordic trails and access to phenomenal remote backcountry turns. You are unlikely to cross another’s tracks. The San Juan Mountains present tremendous snow quality and first descent possibilities.Our two 215 mile mountain bike routes through Colorado and Utah provide a premium minimalist experience for the do it yourself adventurer. Whether you are looking for technical single track or scenic dirt roads we have an option for you. With the only destination hut-to-hut based system in the US, we take the weight out of bike touring by offering fully stocked huts and minimal route finding challenges.Our destination huts are our newest addition and offer adventures for hikers, bikers, trail runners, boaters, horse packers and hunters and can be used in a variety of ways. These can be excellent options for families and those confined to shorter trips.
Cortez, Colorado
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101 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Love the winter trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

The past 4 days was our second trip into the North Pole Hut on the winter route. You just can't beat the fact that you've usually got the hut to yourself, there's so few people that make the trek in. All the bare basics are already in the hut - you bring whatever else makes you comfy - but you'd better make it a light backpack AND be ready for anything. If you can do that, you will be rewarded. We've already booked the 7 day Durango/Moab bike trip on the other set of huts! I can't thank SJHS enough for having these gems socked away deep in the mountains, ready for us when we need them!

Visited February 2014
Thank Eric K
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madison, ms
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“durango to moab”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012


Hard, hard, hard.

We rode telluride to moab in 2006. We wanted something tougher. We got it!

Expect less rideable terrain. Singletrack varied from awesome to barely walkable. Skip singletrack on day 1 if there has been ANY rain lately.

As expected, directions vary. There was flat-out a wrong turn on the directions on around day 4 I think.

Beer is not included anymore due to legal problems. It's available, but not free.

As before, we put all the water on the bike. That worked wonderfully, getting to ride w/o ANY backpack or camelback.

Get your racks from freeload. Get a frame bag from revelate designs.

Carry a silk bag liner. They are tiny and don't snag/drag on the sleeping bags.

I spent the $ and got a shell/jacket from north face. It folds down into something the size and weigh of my wallet. All riders had these and they were a big thumbs up item.

Turned both brake rotors blue on day 7 descents.

My 19" orbea softtail, with all gear, with all water, ready to ride, weighed 42 lbs. It handled wonderfully by getting the water into the frame bag and using water bottles.

Had 2 frame bottles, 2 bottles in the frame bag, and 1 on a 2fish lockblock on the stem. The stem bottle was nice. It stayed clean on the cow trails, and was in your face enough that you would remember to drink.

Managed to break a drive side spoke. Be sure you can remove a cassette.

Good time. Watch for the cacti around the huts. Spent lots of time picking cactus spines from my flip flops.

We did NOT carry a gps. That was a mistake. Having GPS waypoints for singletrack would have been really nice, and would have prevented getting lost on day 2 and putting in 10 extra miles.

Visited August 2012
9 Thank turbodog99
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Prairie Village, Kansas, United States
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beauty and the Beast”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012

Just returned from a 7 day mountain biking trip from Durango to Moab. It was absolutely one of the most demanding yet rewarding trips of any kind that i have taken. The huts are placed with some of the best panoramas of both alpine and desert vistas, that you could ever ask for. The huts were well stocked with food and cold beer in the desert(if optioned for). The alternate routes were not well updated and the lack of single track was a bit disappointing. Be prepared to climb a fair amount on several of the days; this is not a trip to take lightly in preparation (2 broken chains, 3 broken spokes)or training(6000 verticle feet climb on day6). We were unable to access the road to the Porcupine Trail into Moab the last day, and no mention was made and/or other options given. All in all, i would do this trip over and over again as the reward for your hard work is well worth the effort. Kelly and the rest of the team do a very, very admirable job in managing the 250 mile route and support the riders in almost any way they can(picking up spare bike parts and delivering to next hut). There just arent that many opportunities like this to experience the incredible variety of ecosystems and microclimates you ride through every day. its definately a trip i won't forget for a long, long time!

Visited September 2012
4 Thank Steve B
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Epic trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2012

I just got back from a week on the Durango to Moab trail of the San Juan Hut system. The huts were hard perfect for what we needed. A lot of thought has gone into the routing and we had a very spectacular ride through three nights in Alpine huts and three nights in desert huts. The food was plentiful and the beer was always welcome at the end of a hard day of mountain biking. I would really recommend this trip for anyone wanting to make a memory to last a lifetime. It is nothing at all like a walk in the park, this is some of the hardest cycling I have ever done but I loved it. Day 6 was too much walking and I would have liked an easier maybe longer routing option that would have allowed me to do more riding and less walking. Other than that the hut locations were excellent and the routing through the area was perfect. An awesome adventure.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank marktatham2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“SJHS-please update your route info”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2012

Had a great time overall. Glad to have had the opportunity to do this! If we had one concern it would be that the route info posted in the huts was sometimes outdated. There was mention of a road closure dated 2010 in one hut. Also, a hut posting has Burro Pass as a recommended route on day 7 and several locals told us there were other MUCH better routes (one of our hut mates was familiar with the area and we spoke to another guy from a local shuttle service). Moonlight Meadows is in fact open and awesome (one posting in a hut said the route was not recommended but didn't state why). I also don't remember SJHS recommending a Latitude 40 Moab East map which would have been helpful. In the end, we were glad we had 6 brains and a GPS to find our way. We never went a wrong way...it was just cumbersome to figure out the best route. The huts were well stocked with a large quantity of food. We were careful to conserve water but never felt like we were going to run out. Lawn chairs would be a nice addition (got tired of eating dinner on the hard ground or edge of bed) after riding all day. That said, we did have an amazing adventure and we were glad we did it. The routes are amazing and we had perfect weather (leave your hut by 0730 to avoid the usual afternoon thunderstorms). On the 6th night we fell asleep to the sound of elk and coyotes. Pretty cool! The restaurant breakfast and $7.50 shower in Basin was much appreciated.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank rideyourbik e
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