Frequently Asked Questions

The bark of a Ponderosa pine tree at the Minam River Lodge
How difficult is the hike to the Lodge?

The hike from Moss Springs Campground is pleasant and generally easy for people in good physical condition. Walking at a typical pace and allowing time for breaks, most people find the 8.5-mile hike takes less than four hours.

How many people can sleep in a cabin?

Our cabins, wall tents and Lodge rooms generally are furnished with one queen bed and comfortably sleep one or two people. Boulder Cabin has a second queen bed in an upstairs loft, accessible by ladder. We usually can add a futon-style mattress to your room for an additional $35 per night.

What is the cancellation policy?

Full refund, less a $75 booking fee, will be granted for cancellations received at least 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. For cancellations less than 60 days from scheduled arrival, no refund can be issued. Thanks for understanding that we need to plan carefully in advance to staff and provision the Lodge, and it is often not possible for us to fill short-notice vacancies.

Are meals included with lodging?

Meals are charged separately from lodging and are payable at checkout. Breakfast and lunch are $25, and dinner is $75. We offer a half-price “light” option for breakfast and lunch.

Can I bring my own food?

Other than trail snacks, we ask guests to refrain from bringing food to the lodge as it can quickly attract wildlife. Cooking and cooking fires are expressly prohibited anywhere on the property due to fire hazard.

What about the bar?

The Lodge has a full bar featuring specialty wilderness cocktails, a wine cellar emphasizing regional offerings from Oregon and nearby Walla Walla, and beer on tap from nearby Terminal Gravity Brewing. If you would like to bring your own wine, we are happy to provide bottle service for $20 per 750-ml bottle

Do you allow dogs?

Well-behaved dogs are allowed in all accommodations except Lodge rooms for $25 per night, which includes generous portions of high-quality dog food. We will pre-authorize your credit card for any damage that your pet may cause. If your dog is inclined to scratch or chew, we recommend leaving him at home as our accommodations are equipped with delicate hand-made furniture and nice linens. Owners are required to pick up after their dogs at all times on the property.

Do you have accommodations for horses?

We have corrals and a large pasture for our equine guests. $25 per night includes feedings of weed-free hay, or your horse can graze on native meadow grass. If you are bringing a horse, we require that you sign an equine liability waiver.

Do you supply fishing gear?

We do not supply fishing gear or guide services, but are happy to point you in the right direction for catch-and-release fly fishing. Please see more info on our Fishing page.

Are there wild animals at the Lodge?

The Eagle Cap Wilderness is home to a broad array of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, black bears, beavers. coyotes, bobcats and cougars. Birds found along the Minam River include the peregrine falcon, bald and golden eagles, raptors, great horned owls and many species of songbirds. It is rare to see wild animals around the lodge, although you could be lucky.

What about safety?

The hike to the Lodge is relatively easy for people who are in good physical condition, but as with any wilderness adventure, you should plan carefully and be prepared. Allow plenty of time to reach the Lodge before dark. Take a printed copy of the trail directions with you as cellular phone and data service is unavailable on the trail. At the Lodge, please keep in mind that we are miles from civilization and have no road service in case of emergencies. At times, flying in or out of the Lodge may not be an option due to weather or visibility. If you have any medical conditions, make sure to bring any medications with you. We require all guests to sign a liability waiver.

What is the climate like?

Eastern Oregon is significantly drier than the rest of the state, although the weather can vary considerably. Generally summers are warm and bright, with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Nights can be cool, with lows in the 40s. Summer thunderstorms are common. The Lodge is at 3,600 feet, which can take a day or two to get used to for some people.

Do you offer ala carte meals for people who are not guests at the Lodge?

If we have room, we welcome a limited number of hikers, riders and pilots to stop by for a wilderness meal. Breakfast and lunch are $25 and dinner is $75. Space is limited and advance reservations are required.

Can I rent out the whole Lodge for a private event?

Yes! The Lodge is an extraordinary venue for your wedding, family reunion, business retreat or yoga workshop. In addition to the Lodge, our historic pole barn has been lovingly restored with a rustic floor and lots of natural light and provides an ideal space for meetings and celebrations. The property can accommodate 34 people (double occupancy) in our regular rooms, with the possibility of additional guests in tents. Our wilderness kitchen is happy to help with a customized menu. Please contact us if we can help with your event.

Do you have Internet?

Our satellite Internet service is extremely limited and we need to preserve it for reservations, ordering supplies and maintaining telephone service to our office. Please look forward to being “unplugged”!

Top photograph by Evan G. Schneider