Why it's cozy:
Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Hut Association maintains dozens of backcountry cabins across the Rocky Mountains backcountry, many of which are linked together by paths—some perfect for cross-country skiing in winter, others ideal for hiking and mountain-biking in summer. What that isolation means, of course: blissfully peaceful solitude. The huts vary, but one of our favorites, Ken’s Cabin, was built in the 1860’s as a refuge for covered-wagon travelers crossing over the Continental Divide, heading West. The rough-hewn log cabin was restored from 1992-97; it’s now listed with the National Register of Historic Places.
What's out the door: Colorado 14ers as far as the eye can see.
Who will love it: Cross-country skiers up for the challenge of gliding the 6.5 miles from the Boreas Pass Trailhead, southeast of Breckenridge, up to Ken’s, situated at 11,481 feet elevation.
One cabin (sleeps up to three); $; open only in winter; huts.org