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Ophir Colorado | 970.708.0092 |

OPUS Backcountry Ski Hut

Skiing, Mountain Biking, Hiking and Remote Lodging in the San Juan Mountains



OPUS Hut San Juan MountainsThe OPUS is a full Service European style backcountry hut equipped with solar powered electricity with 110 volt outlets for charging electronic devices, two wood burning stoves, indoor composting toilets, and hot and cold running water.

Meals, Beer, Wine, and a limited selection of spirits are available from the kitchen.


Nestled high in the San Juans, the hut is located just to the east of Ophir pass, which is a 4×4 road connecting Silverton and Ophir.

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Summer Access

The Hut itself is located 1/2 mile east of Ophir pass just off San Juan County road 8. There is parking along the road as well as a small pullout on the north side of the road. From here follow the hiking trail uphill to the east 1/4 mile.

Winter Access

The Ophir Pass road is not plowed in the winter, and there are 2 trailhead options to access the hut. See the Winter Approaches for details

Travel Light

OPUS Hut, Ophir Pass ColoradoAlmost everything you need for a comfortable nights stay is at the OPUS. Carry a light day pack with your sleeping bag liner, trail food and needed hiking gear.

Hike into the hut then on to another destination without the burden of a full size back pack.

Accommodations/Lodging Types

Meal Options


Beer, Wine and a limited selection of spirits are available for purchase at the hut.

Spirits : Bourbon Whiskey, Scotch Whiskey, Tequila, Mezcal, Absinthe Liqueur, Orange Liqueur, Grappa.

Cotton Bag Liner

Cotton sleeping bag liners can be rented for $5 for the duration of your stay.

Hut Amenities

Kitchen in the OPUS Hut

Things you should bring