The Alfred A. Braun Memorial Hut System includes six huts in the Elk Mountain range between Crested Butte and Aspen. It was Colorado's first backcountry hut system with the first shelters constructed in the 1940s. This system is operated by the Tenth Mountain Division Association in Aspen.
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Picture of the Markley Hut
These huts vary dramatically from A-frame to log structures each having their own distinct character. They are generally rented to one group per night, with a four person minimum. The shelters house from seven to 14 people. Amenities in each hut include a wood-burning stove, propane burners, cooking and eating utensils, cleaning supplies, mattresses, lighting, toilet paper and matches.
The Braun system huts lie between 10,440 feet and 11,680 feet in elevation. The terrain that surrounds them requires knowledge of avalanche safety measures. Although some of the approaches to the Braun System huts may appear rather mild, it is recommended that skiers who enter into the Elk Mountain backcountry have at least an intermediate level of skill. These huts are open only in winter and spring.
Directions from Aspen: The Braun System huts are accessible from Castle Creek Road at Ashcroft. Drive west on Highway 82 to Castle Creek Road, Forest Road 102. Follow Castle Creek Road eleven miles to Ashcroft.