3) Colorado’s 10th Mountain Huts

Best For: Bargain hunters

Summer in the 10th Mountain Huts     Photo: Stellets on Flickr

A winter trip to one the 10th Mountain Huts is a Colorado right of passage. It’s not uncommon to see grandparents or babies holed up in the huts on January nights. Summer in the high country is just as good, and staying at the huts gives you access to mountains of alpine singletrack, including some sections of the Colorado Trail.

You’re only paying for your bed, which keeps the cost down, but that doesn’t mean that the huts are sparse. At a bare minimum, each is outfitted with a kitchen, and many have extras like saunas.

Our advice: Head to the Leadville area, home to the notorious Leadville Trail 100, and link up Betty Bear, Skinner, and Uncle Bud’s huts. When you get back to town, take yourself out for a $9 steak at Quincy’s, the best, and cheapest, post-ride dinner imaginable.

When to go: Because of the elevation, the riding season can be short. By mid-July most of the snow is usually gone and your chances of thunderstorms are lower than they are later in the season.
Cost:
$30/night; huts.org

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