Zealand Falls Hut


Hike through the stunning Zealand Valley during peak fall foliage. Cool off in nearby waterfalls on warm days. Or ski in during caretaker season for a quiet winter escape. Whatever your season, Zealand Falls Hut has it.

An easy 2.8-mile hike leads to one of our more popular destinations for families and those new to backcountry travel. If you're a more seasoned hiker, you'll also appreciate Zealand Falls Hut for its eastern Pemigewasset location, near Zealand Mountain, the Bonds and other majestic peaks. And as with our other huts, the Zealand croo whips up breakfasts and dinners that don't disappoint.

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2016 Zealand Falls Hut Season

Self Service Season

January 1-May 29
October 20-December 31

Full-Service Season

June 2-October 15

For a full list of season dates and policies for all AMC Huts, view our White Mountain Huts Open/Close Calendar.



AMC Huts are in backcountry locations and are "off the grid". Zealand Falls Hut offers co-ed bunkrooms and separate washrooms with toilets. Bunkhouses are not heated and have no lighting. Electrical outlets are not available.

Full-Service Season

Each guest is provided with a pillow and 3 wool blankets. Cold running water is available in the washrooms. Please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight.

Self-Service Season

In winter, each guest is provided with a pillow. Blankets are not provided during self-service season. Rooms stay cold, so please bring an appropriately-rated sleeping bag and a headlamp or flashlight. A caretaker is available from 4:00-10:00 PM and from 7:00-10:00 AM. The caretaker may light a fire in the main building after 4:00 PM.


Zealand Falls Hut is wheelchair accessible.

Meal Service

Full-Service Season

Dinner and breakfast are included with your stay.

Dinner is served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp and includes fresh bread, soup, salad, a hearty entrée, and dessert. Child-friendly meal options available at all huts-just talk to our staff at check-in. With advance notice, we can accommodate dietary preferences including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free diets.

Breakfast is served family-style at 7:00 AM sharp and includes either eggs or pancakes, plus hot cereal, fruit, and breakfast meat like bacon or sausage, coffee or tea.

Lunch: bring your own; otherwise soup and baked goods are available during the day.

Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary needs. Please Carry In/Carry Out all personal trash and recyclables.

Self-Service Season

Guests pack in their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, cookware and serviceware. Please plan to Carry In/Carry Out all personal trash and recyclables.

A caretaker is available from 4:00-10:00 PM and from 7:00-10:00 AM. The caretaker may light a fire in the main building after 4:00 PM.

Other Features

The AMC has a long-standing commitment to using its huts, lodges and sporting camps as models for sustainable operations and environmental stewardship.

Our Hut Naturalist offers daily programs about the local flora and fauna before and after dinner in full-service season. Kids can complete an activity booklet to earn their Junior Naturalist patch.

AMC offers a Hiker Shuttle to major hut trailheads from Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center/Joe Dodge Lodge (summer and fall).

The friendly AMC hut "croo" or caretaker are available to assist you with trip planning, trail information, and weather reports.


We are not able to accommodate pets at any AMC Hut. Please ask for our list of local kennels.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 9:30 PM to 6:30 AM.


Alcoholic beverages are allowed in moderation and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Please carry in/carry out all containers.


Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.


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Before You Go

What to Bring


The right clothing and gear are essential in the unpredictable weather of the Northeast's mountains. Even if it feels like summer in the valleys, it can be cold and winter-like on the high peaks. Use the gear guides below to make sure you're packing everything you need for comfort and safety. Be prepared for severe weather regardless of season, dress in layers (including synthetic or wool base and insulating layers, and a windproof/waterproof outer shell), eat high energy foods, and stay hydrated.

Personal Items

Full-Service Season

A Bunk with pillow and three wool blankets are provided; bring sheets, a sleep sack or lightweight sleeping bag.

Enclosed gender-specific washrooms have cold running water, so you may want to bring a small towel or washcloth.

Dinner and breakfast are included in your hut rate, but please bring your own lunch and snacks. Some snack items, soup, or baked goods are available for purchase at the hut from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.

Lighting is limited to common areas only. Bring a headlamp for the bunkrooms at night.

Self-Service Season

A Bunk with pillow is provided, but blankets are not available during self-service season and the bunkhouse is unheated. Bring an appropriately rated sleeping bag.

Guests must pack in their own food and have full use of the hut's stove, oven, cookware, and serviceware. Please pack out all trash, recyclables, and food waste.

Caretaker available 4:00-10:00 PM and 7:00-10:00 AM; caretaker may light fire in wood stove on winter evenings.


Zealand Falls Hut Map

Zealand Falls Hut

Bethlehem, NH 03574

Emergency Contact

Pinkham Notch Visitor Center
603-466-2721, ext. 0 (24 hours)

Reservation Changes

AMC Reservations: 603-466-2727
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Directions to Zealand Falls Hut

Public Transportation

AMC's Hiker Shuttle offers transportation from Joe Dodge Lodge/Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and the Highland Center to all major approach routes to the huts in Summer and Fall. The Hiker Shuttle also picks up and drops off at the Irving gas station on Main Street in Gorham, NH. Reservations are required (call 603-466-2727).

Trail Access

 Zealand Falls Hut, elevation 2630': The Zealand Trailhead (USFS parking pass required) is located at the south end of the Zealand Rd (FR16) which begins at NH Route 302, approx. 2.3 miles east of the Twin Mountain intersection. The Zealand Trail is an easy 2.8 miles to the hut, takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, and gains 650 ft. in elevation.

Winter access: In winter, the Zealand Road is generally closed and unplowed.  Access to the hut in winter requires skiing or snowshoeing 3.2 miles on Zealand Road and 2.8 miles on Zealand Trail, taking approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes total. It can be a great ski up the road for beginner or intermediate skiers. The trail usually needs more snow cover than the road but is also a good ski. You can also snowshoe up the trail, but use care not to disrupt the ski track. Parking is in the large winter parking lot on the north side of Route 302. No WMNF parking pass is required to park in the lot.

For current status on closure of the Zealand Road, check our current conditions page or the WMNF road report.

Top things to do

Zealand Falls Hut is an easy 2.8 miles from the trailhead and a great first-time backcountry overnight spot. Dip your toes in a waterfall or climb the Pemigewasset's most dramatic peaks from here.

Take a dip

Cool off in Zealand Falls, which pass within fifty feet of the hut. Find your own swimming hole upstream, or admire the power of water at the base of the falls.

Nab some quick views

Hike just over a mile to the Zeacliff lookout and take in views of the Pemigewasset Wilderness to the south and Willey Range to the east.

Find a different kind of lodge

Explore the ponds below Zealand Falls and spot a beaver or two near their lodge. If lucky, you might come across a moose roaming the valley as well.

Learn from a naturalist

Our hut naturalists love to share their knowledge about local wildflowers, geology, and hut history during talks before and after dinner. Kids can earn their Junior Naturalist patch!

Try a guided program

We offer a range of guided outdoor skills and adventure programs year-round, including our popular Adult Adventures, Lodge-to-Hut trips, and Family Adventure Camps. View upcoming schedule.

Build your own adventure

Our guides offer custom outdoor trips on your schedule, based on your group's interests and experience level. We offer everything from 1-2 hour, day-long, and overnight programs. Learn more.

Hiker Shuttle and Public Transportation

AMC's Hiker Shuttle connects the Highland Center, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, and the towns of Lincoln and Gorham with major trails to the huts, allowing hikers to start and end their trip at different points. The stop in the town of Lincoln is coordinated with Concord Coach bus service. The AMC Hiker Shuttle runs daily for most of the full-service hut season, from early June to mid-September. The shuttle operates weekends-only from mid-September to mid-October. Reservations are strongly recommended. View a complete schedule.