Andrew Gulliford

Miners’ secret cabin is a marvel in the snowy San Juans

It’s always winter and deep snow when I think about a hidden cabin a friend showed me in the San Juans.

Up a steep, narrow gorge, on a short ridge below a major mountain, shaded by dark timber on three sides, this miner’s cabin is impossible to see unless you are 20 yards from it. The cabin’s location is secret. So...

Andrew Gulliford is a professor of Southwest Studies and History at Fort Lewis College. E-mail him at

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