Trip Planning

We’ve put together this helpful list to ensure you know everything to pack and plan for your Corkins Lodge visit. 


Though your cabin kitchens are thoughtfully appointed with most everything you need to cook your own meals, you will need to buy groceries on your way in. Below is a list of the closest markets to the Lodge.

Chama – 25 minute drive:  

Santa Fe – 2 hour drive

Pagosa Springs, Colorado- 70 minute drive

Our kitchens have everything you need and nothing more.

Closeup of burgers grilling on a grill at Corkins Lodge
Corkins Kitchens are Stocked With The Following Essentials

  • salt and pepper
  • coffee
  • tea
  • sugar

The Kitchens Do NOT Have:

  • cooking oil
  • spices

Each cabin is also equipped with its own barbeque gas grill and grill tools on your front porch.

Closeup of man using cell phone and laptop on a wooden table


While we encourage guests to take a technology break and unplug from the modern world, we understand that occasionally one must digitally connect. Corkins Lodge offers complimentary WiFI, however, due to our remote mountain location both cell phone and WiFi signals are not always strong or consistent.

If you’re having connectivity problems during daylight hours, we encourage you to check out cafés in Chama that offer free WiFi:

Rio Chama Espresso

Wilder Bakeshop & Espresso

Weather & packing 

If using a weather app, please use Tierra Amarilla instead of Chama as the location tends to be more accurate.

Average Seasonal Temperatures at Corkins Lodge:

  • Summer (Jun.-Aug.) 79 / 43 ℉
  • Fall (Sep.-Nov.) 60 / 27 ℉
  • Winter (Dec.-Feb.) 39 / 8 ℉
  • Spring (Mar.-May) 57 / 24 ℉

Here are some recommended items to pack:

  • Raincoat
  • Jacket
  • Layers of clothing from t-shirts to sweaters
  • Sturdy sneakers or hiking boots
  • Daypack for hiking
  • Sunblock
  • Hat and/or sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Extra socks
  • Swimsuit – when our outdoor pool is open during the summer
Swimming pool steps with cabins and cliffs in background
Small black bear walking by a cabin

Please Do not feed the wildlife

We ask that you do not feed the squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys, birds, deer, or the occasional bear. For the safety of our guests and the wildlife, please:

  • Do not attract bears or wildlife with food.
  • Keep your garbage secured in your cabin or one of the bear-proof garbage cans on the property.
  • Don’t leave food in your car.
  • Keep your patio and porches clean and odorless.
  • Keep your screens shut.

High Altitude & Departure Info

Corkins Lodge sits at approximately 8,300 ft. above sea level. Some may experience symptoms related to altitude sickness including dizziness, headache, fatigue, shortness of breath and nausea. Symptoms often resolve on their own after your body adjusts. We recommend drinking lots of water to help with any symptoms. Some of our guests have found help with the supplement ChlorOxygen. Please check with your medical provider before taking any supplements. 

Departure: Check-out is 11:00 am sharp.
Due to limited space and incoming guests, it is expected that you kindly remove your car from the property at check-out time.

Please be aware that leaving dirty dishes will result in a $50 charge to your credit card.

A rainbow over the Rio Brazos cliffs at Corkins Lodge

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