Hipcamp host Dirk L.,
Hosted by

If you'd like to book just one night during the week (not Friday or Saturday nights), please contact Hipcamp Support and they can help you make the booking.

Also looking for extra helping hands -- message me about this and we can work something out for a discounted stay. 

I built the caribou hut 30 years ago for a place to ski in


If you'd like to book just one night during the week (not Friday or Saturday nights), please contact Hipcamp Support and they can help you make the booking.

Also looking for extra helping hands -- message me about this and we can work something out for a discounted stay. 

I built the caribou hut 30 years ago for a place to ski into in the winter though it is a great place to hike or bike into in the summer.  There is some great back country sking  boarding or snow shoeing on caribou hill, klondike and baldy.  I need a little help on the cabin that can be traded off for rent. There is a propane stove and lantern it is best to bring your own small bottles.  There is a small wood burning stove.

Two upper lofts and a bottom floor space.  there are some dead trees under the snow in front of the cabins.  tree limbs dead or alive can be harvested ( wild firer mitigation.  It is nice to stock the cabin with some firewood so that the next camper can start a fire while they collect wood

Winter travel is dangerous please do not try finding the cabin in the dark always have a couple of extra hours for the trip in for the unforeseen

*Important: This Cabin is off the grid and may be tough to find. Experience required with hiking and the outdoors -- it can be tough at times of the year to access. Daylight is the best time to access the cabin. It can be impossible at night to find it in the dark.*

Lodging provided
1 site
Up to 6 guests per site
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Pets allowed
No toilet
No potable water
No showers
No picnic table
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send dirk a message!
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Caribou Hut in Colorado.


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Hipcamper Maegen
Maegen L.
recommends this listing.
February 6th, 2018

My trip to Caribou Hut was quite the adventure! I visited the hut with a friend and two dogs. If you're making the trip in the winter, I'd highly recommend snowshoes as it's a 1.5 mile hike in from the closed Forest Service road and the snow got very deep. The cabin is very rustic so we were glad to have packed in everything we needed (sleeping pads, bags, cooking utensils, etc). There is a propane stove but we ended up cooking our tinfoil meals right on top of the small wood stove. There was some wood underneath the cabin that we burned but I'd suggest being prepared to forage for more or pack in a bundle or two. There are two lofts that you could sleep in but we ended up making our beds next to the wood stove so the pups could sleep next to us. The hike in/out was really beautiful and we enjoyed pizza and beer in Nederland before our hike in! We encountered several backcountry skiers that were also using the beginning part of the trail. Would definitely recommend staying at the Caribou Hut if you're comfortable with a someone strenuous hike (in the winter) and rustic accommodations! We'll certainly be back.

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Hipcamper Robin
Robin M.
recommends this listing.
February 21st, 2018

We had an amazing time staying at the Caribou Hut! We were there in February, so there was a good few feet of snow as we made our way to the hut and in the surrounding areas-- we had snowshoes so this was no problem. As the other reviewer stated, this is a very rustic cabin that provides adequate heat with a wood-burning stove. We brought all other supplies with us-- including a water filter that we used with melted snow. We did not have to carry any firewood with us, but instead used the bow saw that was provided at the hut to cut plenty of firewood for the entire weekend. Because the road is closed in the winter and completely snowed-over, our approach was slightly challenging to find after we separated from the heavily-used snow-shoeing path. We were able to find the hut despite following the wrong ski tracks because I had previously entered the coordinates provided into my phone. This, paired with a compass, made our navigation really easy-- I would recommend doing the same if you go up in the winter. We spent the days snowshoeing the surrounding area and enjoyed really beautiful sights. We loved this hut and were not ready to leave! We would definitely book again.

Hipcamper Vanessa
Vanessa H.
doesn't recommend this listing.
March 17th, 2018

This hut was very rustic, the surrounding area was beautiful. Snow shoes were definitely helpful. We unfortunately had a rough time finding the road that leads to the hut. We had to turn around, go home and try again the next day. Dirk (owner) was easy to get a hold of and provided us with more thorough directions. Still, we downloaded the GPS map on my phone and relied heavily on it. Despite having the map, we were unable to follow the road and ended up on a single track back country trail that took us there (ended up being 2.5 miles instead of 1.5). On the way out we followed the road and realized we had passed it three times, it was very difficult to find, unused and the heavily trafficked snow shoe trail going a different direction made it easy to miss. We used our own firewood for the wood stove (there was not much there) and our own propane stove (was not sure how to use the propane stove in the hut and no directions).

Hipcamper Alex
Alex J.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
March 20th, 2018

We tried to visit the hut, but couldn't find it in the dark with the combination of snow and dense forest. It was a beautiful snow-shoe in and out, please be careful and prepared when visiting as the hut is ~1.5 miles trek in.

Hipcamper dirk
Response from dirk, the Host, on March 20th, 2018

When venturing Into the Wilderness you need to leave a large window so that if there is a problem you can get out during the daylight I do not advise going into that area anywhere in the dark even during daylight you can get a white out situation in a storm and get turned around so you got to be careful so thank you very much

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Hipcamper Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn J.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
April 16th, 2018

We had a great stay at the hut. We originally had a 2 night stay planned, but because of weather, we only were able to stay 1. Hiking to the hut in winter is incredibly difficult. The only reason we were able to find it was because of google maps gps location, and the 3 of us are very experienced hikers. It is about 2 miles to get to the hut but the trail after the 2nd gate is pretty much non-existent, at least in winter.
When we arrived at the hut we were very impressed and excited. It's extremely cute and once you get the wood stove up and running, it stays shockingly warm! The loft areas can sleep 3 people comfortably, 4 if two really want to snuggle. If you're not a fan of heights, this may not be the best option for you as the ladder to the lofts is a bit wiggly.
We really enjoyed our trip, but there were a couple things we were a little concerned about. There is a spot in the floor that is EXTREMELY weak. There's a piece of plywood over it, but the plywood is broken and has some nails sticking out of it which with our dogs, wasn't very safe. There also was a bunch of repair supplies(?) in the hut which took up quite a bit of space. We moved everything into a corner, but we weren't expecting it.
Overall, this is a great place to go to if you're looking for a technology free weekend. It's cozy, remote, and in a beautiful area. We had a great trip and definitely have an adventure to remember!

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Hipcamper Nick
Nick B.
recommends this listing.
July 22nd, 2018

Directions from hipcamp were accurate to the site. Last gate to cabin should be taken with 4x4 with good lift during summer. Amazing hiking and exploring with close springs in multiple directions. Enjoyed it thoroughly!

Caribou Hut & Tent Camping
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