Per Night



Southwest, Colorado, United States


Accommodates: 16

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2


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Not only is OPUS Hut one of the most luxurious backcountry huts Colorado has to offer, boasting a sauna, in-floor solar powered heat, and a gourmet menu, it also sits amidst some of the state’s most remarkable skiing and mountain biking in the craggy San Juan range peaks. This European-style backcountry hut is located at treeline, with low angle glades below and open slopes above. Mellow powder skiing can found out the backdoor of the hut, while incredible chute skiing isn’t a far trek. Ski traverses north to Red Mountain pass or south toward Lizard Head pass, some of the best alpine terrain in the San Juans. After a day of unforgettable skiing, return to the hut, which will cater to your every need. Incredible food and beverages are provided to guests at $40/night, with dietary restrictions accommodated. Guided bike or ski tours are also available.

The entire hut, a single room (space to sleep three or five), or individual beds may be reserved.

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Location and Access

Near: Ophir, CO
The hut is near the tiny mountain town of Ophir, CO, about a 20 minute drive from Telluride.

Winter: Two trailheads

  1. From the town of Ophir: This approach is more intimidating than dangerous, and less clear than the Hwy 550 approach.
  2. From Hwy 550 (Silverton/Red Mtn. Pass):

The winter trailhead/parking is at the beginning of the Ophir pass road, 5 miles north of Silverton on Hwy 550. Ophir Pass Road is just off San Juan County road 8, which is not plowed in the winter.

Summer: The Hut itself is located 1/2 mile east of Ophir Pass just off San Juan County road 8.

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult/Expert terrain around the hut


The hut sits high in the San Juan Mountains, offering absolutely spectacular terrain for one to enjoy:

Ski touring, Extreme backcountry skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Mountain biking on single track trails around the hut, Fishing


Enjoy some time in the sauna after you’ve spent the day ski touring or chute skiing at Paradise Basin. If mountain biking is your thing don’t miss the 3.5 mile treeline traverse single track which heads east from the hut to join the Columbine lake trail. From there you can ascend to Columbine lake or descend to hwy 550.

Sleeping arrangements

  • Sleeps 16. This includes private rooms. Couples and groups often rent whole rooms for more space or privacy.

  • Two rooms that sleep five

  • Two rooms that sleep three

The hut has hot and cold running water and indoor composting toilets.

What you need to bring

  • Sleeping bag liner (also available for rent)

  • Headlamp

Additional amenities

  • Wood-fired sauna

  • In-floor solar-powered heat

  • 110 volt outlets

  • Two wood burning stoves

  • Books

  • Pillows and blankets

  • Meals, beer, wine, and a limited selection of spirits are available from the kitchen


There are a total of 16 spaces in the hut, including private rooms, couples and groups often rent whole rooms for more space or privacy.

Entire Hut – $640/night

Individual spot – $40/person/night ; 16 spaces available

Private room – sleeps three; $120/room ; two rooms available

Private Room – sleeps five; $200/room ; two rooms available

Property Policies

Alcohol: Because the OPUS is a licensed tavern in the state of Colorado, any personal alcohol is not permitted at the hut.

Full Payment is due at time of reservation.

Meal options include:

$40/person/night – Meal packages include, apres ski soup, dinner, and breakfast the following morning.

Meals are prepared with quality natural and locally grown products. Any diet will be accommodated.

Notify host in advance of special dietary needs and allergies.

Cancellation Policy

Any changes in reservation or cancellations must be made more than 30 days in advance to arrival date.

No refunds will be given. An 80% credit towards future hut stays will be given.

Groups deciding not to come when avalanche danger rating is High or Extreme as forecast by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center ( will be given full credit towards another date (to be used within one calendar year).

Groups that are not familiar and comfortable with travel in mountainous terrain prone to avalanche conditions are advised to make use of one of the local guide services for assistance in getting to the hut.

Dogs are allowed at the OPUS Hut for $40/night/dog. Payment can be made at the hut.

Guide Services

Hiring a guide is the best way to get the most out of your stay at the OPUS Hut.  Basic avalanche and backcountry safety instruction are a part of of every guided adventure. Choosing the right, safe terrain is never easy, especially in unfamiliar terrain and snowpack. Having a local guide show you the way will help you find safe quality skiing or get you to the top of that special summit of your choice.

The OPUS hut is excited to partner with Telluride Mountain Guides to offer the following options:

  • Half day introduction – A guide will accompany your group to the hut, then give you a short introduction to the terrain surrounding the hut.
  • Full day guiding – A guide will stay at the hut with your group and ski with you throughout the day.

Guided Ski Rates- per person

 Full day           Half day     Group size

$400           /       $250            (single person)

$250            /       $150            (two people)

$200           /        $150            (three people

$150            /       $100            (four  people)

To book your guided trip, inquire with the hut.


Pets Allowed

Composting Toilet


Solar Lanterns or Lighting

Solar Power

Wood Burning Stove

Rates and Availability

Weeknight Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay Max Stay
Standard Rate $120 / night N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

Specific Rate Details

Entire Hut – $640/night
Individual spot – $40/person/night ; 16 spaces available
Private room – sleeps three; $120/room ; two rooms available
Private Room – sleeps five; $200/room ; two rooms available