Matterhorn Cabin

Area Status: Closed
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The Matterhorn Cabin is a great destination for anything from a family reunion to a week-long ski trip. This modern facility offers comfortable accommodations for groups of 12 or more and is available in winter only. Cabin includes 4 single stall showers and potable water.  Located just off the highway, it is easily accessible by passenger cars and is only 15 miles from the town of Telluride. Matterhorn Cabin Brochure

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At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open just before Thanksgiving-early/mid April.  
Reservations: Reservation by calling 877-444-6777. Reservations must be made at least 1 days in advance.
Fees: $240.00 per night
Open Season: End of November - Mid-April
Usage: Medium
Restrictions: No pets allowed on the Matterhorn Cabin compound. No smoking allowed in the Cabin.
Closest Towns: Telluride, CO
Water: Yes
Restroom: Flush Toilets (4)
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Telluride, drive 3 miles west on the State Hwy 145 Spur.

At the roundabout, turn left onto Hwy 145 and proceed approximately 10 miles south. Turn left at the Matterhorn Cabin sign into the cabin parking area (300 yards past the Matterhorn Campground).

General Notes:

This 1,800-square foot cabin has electricity, running water, a furnace, woodstove, and washer/dryer. It comfortably sleeps 12 people in the five bedrooms (two twin bunk beds/mattresses each) and upstairs TV room (one double sleeper couch). The kitchen has two refrigerators, two electric ovens, one microwave oven, cookware, coffee maker, dishes, and utensils. The two bathrooms each have flush toilets and showers. There is a land line phone in the cabin to make local calls from. Cell phone reception is unreliable. Cleaning supplies, garbage bags, toilet paper, dish soap, sponges, firewood, and a garbage dumpster are provided. Bring food, sleeping bags, bed pillows, bath towels, and toiletries.

Natural Features

Visitors can expect a large facility set back roughly 100 feet from the road within a forested setting. Guests will have a prominent view of Sheep Mountain (13,188 feet) from the front porch.


Ski right from the cabin door onto groomed cross-country ski trails! Neighboring the cabin is a groomed cross-country ski area that offers 10 kilometers of groomed trails for classic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. The Telluride Ski Area is just a 15-minute drive from the cabin, offering world-class skiing and snowboarding. Snowmobilers will enjoy riding the Lizard Head meadows (three miles away) or riding groomed trails in the nearby Alta Lakes area. Local guide services offer heli-skiing, snowmobiling, backcountry skiing, dog sledding and ice climbing trips.

Lodging Rate: $240/night

Questions about the cabin? Please reach out to the Norwood Ranger District at 970-327-4261.

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Matterhorn Cabin is open for reservations 6 months in advance for the winter season! The cabin can be reserved from November 23, 2022 through April 8, 2023. On a typical year, the cabin is open for reservations starting in late October or early November. However, this year the Norwood Ranger District plans to do some work to the cabin before it is rented out to the public this fall.



Winter parking is limited to 6 vehicles per party.

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