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3665 San Juan County Road 8, Ophir, CO 81433
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#1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Ophir
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
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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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Room Tip: The lower floor is cooler and carries the sound of footsteps, but offers more privacy. Upper...
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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, Virginia3 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
Maryland44 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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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).