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OPUS Hut

3665 San Juan County Road 8, Ophir, CO 81433
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#1 of 1 hostel in Ophir
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Back country Lodge, located near Ophir Pass, between the towns of Silverton and Telluride Colorado. Solar powered and heated, designed to accommodate skiers hikers and climbers year round. Three mile ski in access in winter, one quarter mile hike in summer. Wood fired sauna and spacious decks. Bed and Breakfast style lodging with meals and bar.
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3665 San Juan County Road 8, Ophir, CO 81433
OPUS Hut
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Susie06824 wrote a review Sep 2020
Fairfield, Connecticut13 contributions15 helpful votes
3 couples stayed here and enjoyed our time immensely. Due to covid we were a private group only. Alison and Bob took excellent care of us, providing us with delicious meals, including afternoon soup. We did enjoy our dinner with wine and spirits from the bar on site. The hiking and scenery is beyond compare.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Caitlin S wrote a review Feb 2020
Denver, Colorado128 contributions69 helpful votes
OPUS Hut is truly one of a kind. While the glamping/backcountry experience may not be for everyone, those who enjoy the backcountry will find themselves regretting only that they didn't book a longer stay. The cabin is nestled on a beautiful and remote hillside (at 11,700 feet - beware!) and comes fully equipped with sauna, beds, running water, basic electricity, clean pillows and linens (bring your own sleep sack though), and doting caretakers who provide delicious meals (the "sauna bread" is to die for) and well-stocked bar service. For the winter adventurer, the skin in is just over 3 miles. The grade is moderate, but the thin air will likely catch up with you. Once you arrive, the backcountry ski options are limitless. Daily CAIC avalanche reports are posted and the caretakers have excellent knowledge of the ski options. I will definitely be back to check Opus out in the summer and again next winter. Thanks for a spectacular experience!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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krk217 wrote a review Dec 2019
Telluride, Colorado5 contributions10 helpful votes
What's not to love?! The location is beautiful, the skin up from Ophir was amazing even in the snow. Ashley and Xander were so welcoming and had great information about skiing near the hut. Ashley cooked up delicious meals. We brought our dog and she was welcomed just as much as we were! I would highly recommend this trip!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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squirrelgirrl wrote a review Aug 2019
Arlington, Virginia4 contributions2 helpful votes
This is the kind of truly unique spot that makes a vacation special. The hut sits at about 12,000 feet and right at the tree line, so whenever you look at a window, you see mountain peaks all around you. The woodfired sauna is a little slice of heaven. The food was delicious, especially the baked goods the hutmasters created using the oven in the sauna. The trails from the hut are also outstanding – you start at such a high elevation that you’re surrounded by great scenery right away, and this past summer, by fields of wildflowers. A few tips: We had a standard rental car and chose to walk up to the hut instead of driving on the road. While a car without high clearance might be able to handle the road, there were a lot of large and pointy rocks that could give you a flat. I saw a Subaru wagon with sport tires drive past, but nothing less equipped. We came from the Silverton side, and if you drive off 550 and onto the dirt road for a few hundred yards, there are many places to pull over and park your car, just past the one lane bridge. This seemed safer than leaving a car on the pullout at 550 for three nights. Because you can drive all the way to the hut in the summer, apparently this hut can be popular with families with small kids. While my husband and I were there, two couples with a total of six grade school kids arrived as a group. Unfortunately, their group of 10 kind of spread out and monopolized the public spaces like the sauna, and they always got in line first for meals, etc., while not really speaking with us. I’ve stayed in a lot of backcountry hiking huts in different countries and never experienced this problem – usually, the camaraderie is really fun. After two (rather long) days, they left and a group of 10 friends showed up, who were friendly and thoughtful about sharing, and we really enjoyed their company. So if we return to this hut for hiking, I would either visit during the middle of the week in September, when school is back in session, or come in a group of four or more, because I think being part of a bigger group would prevent the problem we had.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Susan G wrote a review Jul 2019
Maryland46 contributions45 helpful votes
Went here for a wedding. The wedding theme was originally going to be mountain wildflowers but a late-season snowstorm turned into a winter wonderland theme instead. The food was excellent and the off the grid features (solar power, composting toilet, etc.) were fascinating. It took a few days for this low-lander to adjust to the higher altitude. I paced myself and everything was fine. My only warning is that sound travels although the hut, so please bring earplugs for sleeping if you wake easily.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are warmer.
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alibrygotta wrote a review Apr 2019
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Winter ski touring visit: you can use the Ophir trailhead, or the Silverton. We did Ophir and it was gorgeous. Sounds like the approach from Silverton could be a little easier and more straightforward, but Ophir was a much closer drive for us (coming from Utah). There are 2 hutmasters to cook your meals, do the cleaning and start the sauna each day. Sauna was fantastic!! They provide a big bucket of rinse water and you can use it to rinse off after. You feel clean (even if you actually aren't very). Food was good. Pancakes one morning, and a polenta porridge (sort of like oatmeal - sweetened with honey and toppings such as dates and almonds). Soups at 4:30 were great. Dinners were GF pasta with a chicken tomato veggie sauce one night. And rice, GF flatbread, pork on the side, and rice noodles with curry seasonings and a few veggies. That night was pretty short on the veggies. Desserts were great and GF. I don't know if they normally do so much GF stuff, but it was all delicious and nobody missed the gluten. They use a lot of organic products, which is nice. It's pretty cold in the lodge - about 58-59 most of the time. Good for sleeping, but chilly during the day so bring some warm clothes and shoes. They only made a fire in the fireplace once - I'm not sure why. But it would have been nice for a little warmth in the evenings and drying out gear. Cold storage for your personal lunch food was not actually very cold, but maybe that's because it was April. Some of the food items they sell - Tao Bars, Epic jerky, Chocolove peanut butter cups and chocolate bars, trail mix. Mattresses were pretty comfortable, pillows a little flat. They recommend bringing your own sheet sack. Next time I would bring my own pillowcase also. Composting toilets are great - they don't smell at all.
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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CherylKlauss wrote a review Sep 2018
New York City, New York8 contributions4 helpful votes
The Opus Hut is a unique and comfortable gem. The hosts were super friendly and helpful with hiking trails. The Hut is beautifully located, meals were delicious, beds very comfortable and a it has a fantastic sauna. Stunning scenery and fantastic hiking. And the stargazing! I can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Room Tip: I stayed upstairs, but I think all the beds and views were fantastic
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Elizabeth J wrote a review Sep 2018
new york, United States4 contributions2 helpful votes
We could not believe how wonderful this timber-frame spacious “hut” was, and how beautifully situated for hiking, views and star gazing. Our hosts were wonderfully accommodating and friendly and prepared delicious breakfasts and dinners. The sauna, followed by the Milky Way and shooting stars provided a wonderful end to each day. Many mountain lakes are accessible for day hiking, as well as an overlook of the town of Ophir far below. I can only imagine how spectacular the winter season must be.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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TrevorE77 wrote a review Sep 2018
Durango, Colorado8 contributions6 helpful votes
We went here as a couple of families and rented the whole hut out. It was an incredible place to visit and we had great service. Since we went during the non-snow time of year we were able to access it with our young children with just a short hike in from Ophir Pass road. The older generations in attendance had done many winter huts in the 10th mountain but had never been to a place where they cook for you. We had great service up there with the food and beverages etc. They also allowed us to request some things ahead of time in terms of types of food that kids would like since we had rented the whole hut out. Some of the highlights were the hike to Ruby Lake, mountain biking and hanging out and relaxing back at the hut. The setting is absolutely spectacular and top of the world and the hut design is really well thought out as well. We hope to visit again someday!
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Date of stay: September 2018
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rswp001 wrote a review Mar 2018
Winter Park, Colorado3 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I ran a large full pension hut in the German Alps for 32 years, and I must say I was impressed! We have visited a handful of huts in Colorado, but nothing can compare with the Opus Hut. The building itself is beautiful, simple, and well thought out to every detail. The place was clean, food good and filling, with a fresh salad every evening, despite that in winter everything is backpacked in. We toured up from the east side, and not having to carry our sleeping bags, food or beer, for four days made the 3 miles in up to 11,766, seem easy. We were there in January of 2018. Half of our party cancelled out due to lack of snow in the area. Despite that, we found some incredible powder runs. The other reviews are completely accurate! The hut is open even for day hikers or skiers, check it out! I recommend it!
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about OPUS Hut
Which popular attractions are close to OPUS Hut?
Nearby attractions include Ice Lakes Trail (3.3 miles), Ophir Pass Trail (0.7 miles), and Alta Lakes (4.9 miles).
Is parking available at OPUS Hut?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at OPUS Hut?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to OPUS Hut?
Many travelers enjoy visiting New Sheridan Hotel (6.6 miles).