You Can Stay for Free in an Adorable Cabin in the Alaska Mountains

Dreams really do come true.

Mountaineering Club of Alaska

Usually when someone offers something up for free, there's a catch. Like you can visit New Zealand, but you have to interview for a job. Or you can skip the entry fee for the United States National Parks, but you have to go during a specific time period. But that's not the case for members of the , who can stay in seven without paying a cent.

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They're located throughout the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges at different altitudes, meaning you don't have to be an expert hiker to get to all of them, and are reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis. If it's uninhibited when you find it, you can use the hut as a rest stop or as a place to camp overnight. Since they're double-walled, insulated and have a metal roof, you don't have to worry about any approaching snow storms, either.

Heads up: The most popular ones is the adorable red Mint Hut, which is at the base of the Talkeetna Mountains and the headwaters of the Little Susitna Rivers, about half of a mile from Mint Glacier. Even better? It can hold up to eight (!) people at a time. That's basically a free vacation rental right there. Except consider yourself warned: There's no bathroom and the outhouse sounds scary, as it goes by the nickname "Darth Vader."

But, hey, that's the price you pay for, well, not paying anything. Take a closer look at the huts.

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Did we mention you can't beat the views? It's true.

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For more information, visit the , where you can apply for a membership, which costs $20 for an individual or $25 for a family — but that's all.

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