The High Camp Hut
Backcountry hideout and backcountry ski lodge
The High Camp Hut, at 11,000 feet, is comfortably furnished to shelter
you from the elements yet lets you feel the pulse of nature.
From the windows one looks out onto Sheep Mountain, San Miguel
Peak, and the spruce forests of High Camp. What a wonderful
place to spend time with your friends and family and renew your
soul. The High Camp Hut was built from the logs harvested on the High Camp property. This incredibly scenic 320 acres are surrounded by National Forest. The lodge boasts a large main room and kitchen combination complimented by a cozy wood stove, inviting couches and dining area. It is a great gathering place for you group, and a wonderful place to return to after a day spent exploring in the San Juan mountains. A wood -fired sauna warms the marrow of you bones and relaxes you after an adventurous day.
Upstairs are four comfortable bedrooms and a loft. The lodge
can accommodate 10-12 people. You may bring your own sleeping
bag or we can provide them for you. The bathroom is a composting outhouse. Drinking water is hauled into the lodge and wash water will be from melted snow in the winter and a spring in the summer.
What is there to do?
Many people just want to relax and enjoy the outstanding views
once they arrive while others love to explore this wild area.
There are endless possibilities for skiing and snowshoeing as
well as a great sledding hill. The backcountry skiing here includes a great beginner hill right out the front door and expert terrain for the backcountry skiers. I have been told that this area is also great for snowkiting.
There is also great horseback riding, and hiking in the summer. You may even summit Sheep
How much does it cost?
The nightly rental fee includes firewood, cooking
utensils, and bedding (if you wish). We can arrange for your
gear to be transported to the cabin and back for an additional
charge. Gear may be hauled in for $50.00 per direction. Cindy will meet you at the trailhead and this service may be arranged with her.
"Once you experience The High Camp Hut at High Camp you
will understand why I am so committed to keeping the doors open
for you to enjoy the Mountain Joy! It is my dream to share this
beautiful spot with people who love the mountains." Cindy
Mountain Joy is found hiking through the woods, gazing at the incredibly clear starry night sky or breaking bread around a candle lit table at the end of a great day in the mountains.
The High Camp Hut
The High Camp Hut, at 11,000 feet, is comfortably furnished to shelter you from the elements yet lets you feel the pulse of nature. From the windows one looks out onto Sheep Mountain, San Miguel Peak, and the spruce forests of High Camp. What a wonderful place to spend some time with your friends and family and renew your soul. The kitchen includes all the utensils, pots, pans, a 4 burner wood stove, a propane grill outside with propane, a 2 basin sink and wash tubs. There are solar powered lights and an outlet that may power up electrical items. There is a CD player, so bring your CD's for additional ambiance. Please note that periods without sun will limit electricity.
Getting to the Cabin
Pets of any kind are not allowed. Because you are boiling snow for
water, animals present a serious health hazard if they are allowed
near the cabin. In addition to this concern, there are concerns with
animal waste and the harrassment of wildlife.
Where is The High Camp Hut?
The High Camp Hut is located in Southwest Colorado, just south of Telluride and North of Durango.
High Camp consists of 320 acres surrounded by the San Juan National
Forest and is accessed from Highway 145 just to the west of
Lizard Head Pass. You may either hike, horseback ride, cross
country ski, or snowshoe the two and half miles through meadows
and spruce forests to get to High Camp. High Camp is just to
the south of Sheep Mountain and San Miguel peak.
You will access this lodge by a snow covered road. The road is usually packed out and easy to follow. It is important that you always carry a map and compass and know how to use them. A GPS, (Global Positioning System) is also an extremely helpful tool. It is recommended that EACH member of your group have a copy of a map in case you get separated.
Click here to download a pdf of this road map.
You can also use Google Maps to see a satellite image of this area and to create a map.
Click here to download a pdf of this topo map.
Please see our release and the rental agreement that will need to be signed and sent in.
These documents are intended to ensure that you are aware of the hazards associated with backcountry travel, and that you have stated in writing that you accept these hazards as part of the sport. As a backcountry participant, you accept that risk is inherent in your activity. However, in the event that an accident occurs, this waiver is also a clear indication to your relatives that you were aware of and accepted certain risks in your chosen activity. It is impossible for anyone to guarantee safety when dealing with the wilderness environment. If you are willing to accept responsibility for your participation in this activity please download and fill out the waiver and sign it and return it to us before you use the High Camp LLC’s facilities.
Thank you for your effort in copying and signing these forms. Please click on the links above to download the PDF files.
Rental Agreement to be signed by the trip leader. Release form to be signed by everyone including children using the High Camp Hut.
Both of these forms must be received by Cindy before your trip departs for the High Camp Hut.
Safety and Emergency Contacts
For Avalanche information, please call the Avalanche hotline at
303-275-5360 or view current information from the Colorado
In an emergency, please dial 911. You may also contact Cindy at: 1-970-728-8050 the owner of the lodge.
Please take it out with you. This way we keep the animals out!
Cleaning up and Departing the High Camp Hut:
Please leave the Hut clean. Sweep the floors, wipe down the kitchen and dining area, clean and put away the dishes. Restock the wood. Turn off the propane stove. Bag up the garbage and carry it out with you. Make sure all the doors are closed.
Reading and writing in the logbook is a tradition. Please share your thoughts.
Making a Reservation
Reservations for the lodge are for the entire lodge. You can reserve this fantastic mountain hideaway online right here by clicking the dates you wish to reserve.
Your reservation will be confirmed by email. All reservations are
taken on a first come, first served basis. Sometimes we get reservations
coming in at the same time, causing a conflict with your first date
choices. You will not be charged for any reservations where dates
are not available.
|The High Camp Hut
|Weekdays: Sunday noon through Thursday
|| $195.00 per night*
|Weekends: Friday and Saturday nights
|| $480.00 for two nights*
Note: There is not a discount for using the hut for only one night over a weekend.
Sign up online by clicking the check boxes for the dates that you would like to reserve .
Color coding of our calendar:
Gray areas are dates that are
currently unavailable. (*please see note below)
White check boxes are available and you may check multiple dates.
Yellow check boxes are for two day reservations.
*Additional dates may be available due to changes in reservations.
Please contact us if you
need dates that are already reserved. Once you booked your dates
for the lodge, you will get a confirmation email from High Country LLC for your trip.
You can search all the trips that we offer:
30% of your reservation is a NON REFUNDABLE reservation fee and we will need a signed rental agreement. Cancellations within 60 days of your arrival are NON REFUNDABLE.
Cancellations and Changes
Cancellations and changes must be made 30 days prior to your start date in order to receive an 80% credit for a future trip. Cancellations made less than 30 days prior to your start date will result in forfeiture of your payment. No refunds.
Damages and Cleaning
It is expected that during your stay you will maintain the High Camp Hut as if it was yours. We ask that you make no alterations to the cabin unless previously discussed with us. Any damage to the cabin beyond normal wear will be fixed by HCH and billed to you on a cost plus basis. It is expected that when you leave at the end of your stay the cabin will be left cleaned and neat. If when you arrive, you feel the cabin is not adequately cleaned, please notify us. If it is necessary for HCH to clean after your stay you will be billed for our time and materials. Labor will be billed at the rate of $30.00/hr. Labor could include transportation and cost. Interest will be charged for all late payments. You will be responsible and billed for all legal fees and all expenses incurred by High Camp LLC in collecting these expenses. If you need to cancel or reschedule, please contact High Camp LLC.