San Juan Cross Country Skiing

The 26th most popular XC Ski in Colorado.

Northwest of Telluride, for a true backcountry ski experience try the 56 miles of trails in the Mt. Sneffels Range linking Telluride, Ouray and Ridgeway. The route provides access to the San Juan Hut System while cruising through forests and has great views of several 14,000 feet peaks. Each of the five huts has bunks, propane stoves, and woodburning stoves. It is typically 10-15km between huts.

Overall, San Juan is the 26th most popular cross country ski area of all 58 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado.

Mt. Wilson Near Telluride (CO/US)

Mt. Wilson Near Telluride (CO/US)

Telluride (CO/US)

Telluride (CO/US)

San Juan Cross Country Skiing Map



Local Contact(s):  Uncompahgre National Forest (970) 327-4261; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Telluride Visitors (88-TELLURIDE); Telluride Nordic Center (970) 728-7570.

Recommended Book:  "Winter Trails Colorado" from Andy Lightbody

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  San Juan Hut System (970) 728-6935

Luxury Loding:  New Sheridan Hotel; Hotel Columbia; The Peaks; Inn At Lost Creek (888) 601-5678

Breakfast Restaurant:  Maggies; Baked In Telluride; Sofios; Steaming Bean

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  8/3/2016

ID:  7215

San Juan Cross Country Skiing Map


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