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San Juan Hut Systems

Ridgway, CO, USA
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About San Juan Hut Systems
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.
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RJONES wrote a review Oct 2020
Santa Barbara, California2 contributions
I just finished the Telluride to Moab SJ huts tour with 3 friends. The adventure was incredible, beyond expectation, challenging, rewarding, epic…. The huts are great and the route with options was incredible. We found some of the best single track mixed with beautiful roads through diverse terrain. The weather and changing trees made the tour a trip of a lifetime. The location, accommodation, and food/drink stocking in each hut was awesome. The SJ Huts team is great; answered all our questions. I am so thankful to do a trip like this; good for the soul.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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markmess wrote a review Oct 2020
Boulder, Colorado7 contributions
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We hiked Telluride to Ouray late summer as a family, then biked Telluride to Gateway early Fall with just my 14 year old son. Both wonderful family adventures. The SJHS team were informative and helpful. Huts are simple but clean and just right for a family backcountry adventure. Can’t recommend the experience highly enough!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from SanJuanHuts, Manager at San Juan Hut Systems
Responded Oct 7, 2020
Thanks for coming out and spending some time with us in the mountains! Can't wait to have you all back! :)
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Greg E wrote a review Sep 2020
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I just completed the Telluride to Gateway journey with San Juan Huts. The entire experience was wonderful and I am planning a trip for 2021. I did the trip solo, and shared the huts with some folks who traveled the same route. We had a blast together. My mountain biking skills are at best Beginner to Intermediate and I found the route challenging but doable. The huts are comfortable, clean and very well stocked with all the necessities. Each day's route is clearly described in a detailed turn by turn narrative along with a series of excellent maps. The route travels through some extraordinary scenery with options for riding on rural roads and challenging off-road trails.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Eric M wrote a review Aug 2020
Portland, Oregon17 contributions2 helpful votes
San Juan Hut Systems Ridgway Great Ride -- but cannot recommend 763955357 I was one of five bikers going from Telluride to Gateway with the San Juan Hut Systems from July 28 - August 1, 2020. It was a great trip in many ways: bonding with friends, bonding with my son, the training beforehand for endurance and elevation, the planning for what to bring, the scenic beauty and diversity of ecosystems, biking 140 miles in 5 days as high as 11k ft, the well-stocked pantries (drinks, bacon & eggs, snacks, etc), the tool and bike stands at each hut, the shower at the Ranch hut. I am overall satisfied with these aspects of the experience. However, I cannot recommend this trip until the SJHS fixes the mouse problem. They could also demonstrate better respect of their customers. Three of the four huts we stayed in between Telluride and Gateway had mice and evidence of mice. The food cabinets were secure from the rodents, and signs in the huts strongly encouraged residents to keep them closed as much as possible to avoid them getting in. The cleaning instructions included sweeping out the hut before leaving. When I contacted them about the rodent problem and the health issues that creates, I felt brushed off. I highly recommend this bike trip for anyone with the physical fitness and stamina to ride 140 miles over 5 days, as long as they are informed of the mice situation from SJHS and understand the health risks this poses.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from SanJuanHuts, Owner at San Juan Hut Systems
Responded Aug 31, 2020
Hi Eric, I am sorry that you felt brushed off, that is certainly not our intent. You are correct, we have had a particularly bad mouse year after such a mild winter last year. We also had a situation where a hut door was left open between groups of riders. We have been aggressively mitigating mice at Last Dollar Hut this season and we have won for the meantime, fingers crossed that the door stays closed. We also found a gap at the Columbine hut around the time of your ride. Historically we have not had rodent issues at this (and most) of our huts. We have sealed this gap and have not had mice at that hut since. I am glad that you enjoyed your ride despite your mouse encounter. I hope you have a great rest of your summer and fall despite covid, fire fires, and mice that are challenging us all this year. 2020 will certainly be one to remember! Sincerely, Kelly Ryan Co-Owner of San Juan Huts
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irinagrit wrote a review Aug 2020
aurora, CO14 contributions1 helpful vote
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Unbelievable adventure with the family! This was a perfect vacation during COVID 19 to spend with the family away from others and still get tons of memories in our wonderful Colorado. We are a family of 5 with kids 10, 12 and 16. They did great. It was challenging first two days walking 7 hours each day but the evenings were rewarding with the sunset, hot meals and crackling of the fire in the stove. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for off beaten path adventure.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from SanJuanHuts, Owner at San Juan Hut Systems
Responded Aug 31, 2020
Good job getting those youngsters outside! Anyone with young children remember to let us know at the time of booking if your kids are 12 and under because they are free until they are 13 :)
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