10th Mountain Division Hut System Donations
10th Mountain Division Hut Association was named to honor the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army who trained at Camp Hale near Leadville.
Five of the 10th Mountain Division Huts were built with donations from family and friends to honor soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division who died in World War II.
A nonprofit organization, 10th Mountain was formed in the early 1980s by skiers from Aspen and Vail. 10th Mountain Division veteran Fritz Benedict, Aspen architect and visionary, cherished the perfect conditions the troops found while ski training.
From the start the group set their sights on a trail with closely spaced huts, all accessible via intermediate ski touring trails.
The first 10th Mountain Division Huts built were the McNamara and Margy's Huts in 1982.
These huts near Aspen were donated by former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (1916–2009) in memory of wife, Margy (1915–1981). McNamara made annual trips to the huts, skiing his last trip at 90.
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Why Support 10th Mountain Huts?
Maintaining North America’s largest backcountry hut-to-hut system requires materials, regular repairs, capital replacements such as new roofs, decks, doors, and windows, consumables (lots of firewood!), and capable, qualified people. Your donation helps keep the huts in good condition and available to the public at affordable rates. Moreover, your donation helps encourage connectivity and stewardship, advocate for recreation, promote our legacy, and facilitate access to some of the country’s most beautiful places.
Connectivity & Stewardship
Deep in the remote alpine, connections are made. Absent the distractions of modern living, groups of people discover a renewed love for one another and the world around them when they gather around our huts’ massive dining room tables or watch the sun slip behind the horizon at dusk. Our huts also encourage an immersion in nature, which fosters a crucial connection to the environment, helps develop strong ethics and self-reliance, and creates stewards of public lands. Your donation ensures that continued connectivity.
Situated among some of the tallest peaks in the lower 48 and nestled in awe-inspiring meadows, valleys, and forests, the 10th Mountain Division huts are gatekeepers for unrivaled year-round recreation. Winter skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers will discover limitless playgrounds out the front door. Summertime visitors can bike, hike, climb, and romp from sun up to sun down. Stargazers, wildlife watchers, and photographers will never be bored at our huts. Your gift guarantees that the 10th Mountain Division huts will always remain an affordable option for adventurers of every stripe.
The famed 10th Mountain Division of the United States Army trained during World War II at Camp Hale, Colorado, to prepare for Europe’s challenging terrain. Upon his return from war, Fritz Benedict, the WWII 10th Mountain soldier, envisioned building a system of connected huts similar to those in the Alps. His vision inspired a group of knowledgeable and resourceful individuals to create the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association in 1982 in honor of the 10th Mountain soldiers and their pursuit of excellence, self-reliance, and love of the outdoors. Each of the 34 huts in the system embodies the rugged and adventurous spirit of the hut system’s early founders. Your donation joins you to this long and storied legacy.
We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience a 10th Mountain Division hut, regardless of where they come from or their breadth of outdoor experiences. To that end, we sponsor programs for youth groups, veterans groups, continuing education, and more. For some, a hut trip might be the first time they experience nature in such an intimate way. For others, a hut trip might represent the apex of their year. For still more, a hut trip can lead to epiphanies and self-realization. Your donation helps ensure the longevity of our important programming to make these huts accessible to a diverse audience.
Your gift will be handled appropriately and with full transparency. We welcome the continued involvement of donors in our organization and treasure the relationships we have developed over the years with individuals and families. Thank you for your support.
Skiing to Margy's Hut
Building Margy's Hut 1982
Skiing home from McNamara Hut
Dr. Ben Eiseman (L) and Robert McNamra ( R)
Dedication plaque to Margy McNamara
10th Mtn. troopers