About El Refugio & Access

The Holy Cross Refugio (El Refugio) is the perfect wilderness retreat -- literally carved out of the Holy Cross Wilderness area, where you will find lakes, peaks, streams, rocks, and ski runs galore.

The original cabin is a simple Scandinavian off-grid design, with wood stove, double bed and sleeping bags for four, a few spare mattresses, chairs, and camp kitchen (including gas stoves, pots, and utensils). The new cabin is similarly equipped, with insulation, and sleeps 4-5 total (2 in loft, up to 3 in the bedroom).
The firepit outside has some of the most stunning views in the state. Everything was brought in by hand. Location is high above the Holy Cross City historic site, accessible via the 703 Homestake Road and then the 759 Holy Cross City Jeep Road.

The cabins are a simple design made for enjoying the nature, and requires a little attention on guests' parts. Please keep the following in mind: In the original cabin there is one double bed with two sleeping bags for guest use (please bring your own liners for your safety), plus a couple thermarests and foam pads and tent for additional guests as needed, indoor fireplace (please plan on bringing a little of your own wood to use- very efficient- burns 6" lengths), outdoor living space with firepit, NRS LNT/ WAG toilet (please bring your own bags).
The larger cabin has two double beds and one single mattress, plus sleeping bags for five. Depending on your group size we can approve larger groups for camping or other activities.

Please plan on packing similar to how you would for a hut trip (i.e. layers, ten essentials, sleeping bags or liners, uphill travel equipment, stove fuel, etc). Outside Magazine and 10th Mountain Huts publish good lists.

For winter trips, please note that avalanche equipment and knowledge are recommended in winter. The hike on snowshoes in winter is difficult, please do not underestimate the distances listed below and research the trip on topo map before deciding to use snowshoes. It is recommended that those using snowmobiles or skis or fatbikes on the 759 road be somewhat experienced; the 703 road is fairly beginner friendly for these modes of transit.
Get outside of your comfort zone and explore the outdoors at one of our easily accessible huts.

Our goal is to create meaningful outdoor experiences, bring groups together, and strengthen relationships with others and with nature. 

Amenities in each cabin include:
Solar Powered Lights
Stocked Kitchens
Wood Burning Stoves

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