The Nokhu Hut (no' koo) is located in the southern end of the Colorado State Forest State Park on the Lake Agnes Road. It is named for the Nokhu Crags which tower just above it to the east. The Nokhu Hut has spectacular views of the Crags, Mt. Richthofen and Seven Utes Mountain. There is a wealth of skiing for the adventurous tele skier or backcountry snowboarder. In the summer, the easy hike to Lake Agnes makes this area very popular for families. The Lake Agnes Trail is strictly a hiking trail. Snowmobiles, horses, bikes and OHV's are not permitted. The Nokhu Hut shares a site with the Agnes Creek Cabin but is separated by a stand of trees. Although each cabin is rented individually, it's a great site for larger groups - or a chance to meet new folks!
***Please note that the access road from Highway 14 to the cabins is opened/closed due to weather accessibility, by the Parks. There is not a set day for this to occur. Refunds WILL NOT be given for bookings in transition seasons. Just because it is driveable in October/November and again in May/June does not mean the summer access road will be open. PLEASE CHECK THE RESOURCES PAGE FOR SUMMER ACCESS ROAD OPEN/CLOSURES.***
PLEASE check the weather and road conditions on the resources page for the most up to date information before your stay.
Pets are permitted at all Never Summer Yurts only from June-September (May-November if snow is gone).
Sleeps 6: Singles (3), Doubles (1) - Two additional floor pads are provided (if people sleeping on floor, the cabin is very crowded).
Includes: Mattresses and pillows, chopped firewood (limited in summer), propane, propane light, propane cooktop, wood burning stove, snow melt pot, all kitchen pots and pans, all kitchenware, limited paper towels, limited toilet paper, limited matches and newspaper, limited dish soap and sponges, kitchen towels, snow shovel, maul and axe, coffee percolator, fire extinguisher, outdoor charcoal grill (charcoal not included), outside food storage box, table and chairs, outhouse, and cabin journal. Click to open winter/summer pack lists below.
YOU are responsible for bedding*, food, and water (in winter, use snow melt). *bedding may be rented from us at $25/stay.
We are a backcountry RUSTIC setting lodging company and concessionaire of Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Daily Parks Pass required.
NONE of our units have running water OR electricity; Our friends at the Hilton Fort Collins do. All units are equipped with outhouses.
WINTER trips to Nokhu Hut
Winter Access: 1.5 mile hike/ski (Road closed October - June, see above ***note***)
Winter Trailhead: South side of Colorado Highway 14 approx. 2 miles west of Cameron Pass.
Elevation Gain/Loss: +540'/-159'
Avalanche Danger: One avalanche chute crosses the trail approx. 0.1 miles from the hut.
Winter Trail Use: Ski and snowshoe; Trail above the American Lakes Junction closed to snowmobile use.
Use Levels: Trail is very popular and heavily used.
Water: Snow melt (reason pets are not allowed in winter), specified pot included in cabin. Boil for 4-5 minutes before drinking.
SUMMER trips to Nokhu Hut
Summer Access: Accessible by 2WD vehicle (see above ***note***)
Summer Trailhead: Nokhu Hut is located along the Lake Agnes Road 2 miles west of Cameron Pass on Highway 14. The hut is located on its own gated access road and reserved customers can drive to within 100 yards of the hut itself.
GPS Coordinates: 40 29'34.96"N ; 105 54'05.58"W
Summer Trail Use: Lake Agnes Road is open to motorized vehicles The trail to lake Agnes is open to hiking only. Bicycles and livestock (horses, llamas) are not permitted. Pets must be on a leash.
Water: Pack in water. Also, Agnes Creek run's next to cabin.
AREA TRAILS AND ATTRACTIONS
Lake Agnes - Lake Agnes is a fairly easy hike about 1 mile from the Nokhu Hut. The lake sits at treeline and the trail usually has snow on it until July. During the winter, there is good skiing i the area of the lake, but there is significant avalanche danger.
Mt. Richtofen, Mt. Mahler, Seven Utes Mountain - These peaks tower above Lake Agnes and can be accessed from the Nokhu Hut. There is nice skiing on the slopes between Seven Utes and Mahler - again be aware of avalanche danger.
American Lakes, Thunder Pass - The easiest access for this area is from the Michigan Ditch trail on Cameron Pass. American Lakes is a heavily used snowmobile route in the winter.