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?

All of our cabins, wall tents and teepees can sleep up to two people except for Boulder Cabin, which includes a second queen bed in a sleeping loft and can sleep up to four people.

Can I add an extra cot to my cabin?

Unfortunately, most of our accommodations do not have enough room for an additional bed. A teepee or wall tent are great options for the kids.

What is the cancellation policy?

Room and board charges must be fully paid in advance in order to secure your reservation. Since we are miles from civilization, we need to plan carefully for your arrival! We will issue a full refund for cancellations received at least 60 days in advance. For cancellations received between 30 days and 60 days of arrival, we will issue a 50% refund. For cancellations received less than 30 days before arrival, we are unable to issue a refund.

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 from hungry packrats to curious bears. Cooking and cooking fires are expressly prohibited anywhere on the property due to fire hazard.

What about the bar?

We aim to have the best-stocked wine cellar in the wilderness! We also make sure to keep a solar-powered refrigerator full of cold beer from Terminal Gravity Brewing in Enterprise. If you prefer to bring your own wine, we are happy to provide bottle service for $20 per 750-ml bottle. We pre-authorize your credit card for incidentals at the time of reservation and you can settle your bar tab when you check out.

Do you allow dogs?

Well-behaved dogs are allowed in all accommodations except Lodge rooms for a $100 fee per stay. 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. A $100 fee per stay 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.

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. We have occasionally seen a black bear near the garden or heard wolves howling at night.

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