Season dates

Please see specific COVID-19 related information on policies and operating procedures.

Full Service Dates

Cardigan Lodge offers full service (including towels, linens, and meals) daily in the summer, early fall, and over February vacation, and on weekends in winter.

January 24 – February 9 (Friday and Saturday nights only)
February 14 – February 29 (daily)
March 1 – March 21 (Friday and Saturday nights only)
May 22 – October 17 (daily)

Self Service Dates

January 1 – January 23 (daily)
January 26 – February 13 (midweek only)
March 1 – March 19 (midweek only)
March 22 – May 21 (daily)
October 18 – December 31 (daily)



Cardigan Lodge hosts two private lodge rooms with double bed and private bath, as well as 13 lodge bunkrooms with hallway bath (2-, 4-, 5-, and 6-bunk rooms can be reserved as private rooms).

Towel and linens are provided during summer full-service season; please bring a sleeping bag and towel during self-service and winter meal service seasons.

Check In/Out

Check In: 3:00 p.m.

Check Out: 11:00 a.m.

Meal Service

Dinner, breakfast and a trail lunch are included in the full-service room rate.

Breakfast: Served family-style at 7:30 a.m. sharp


SaturdayThursday: Served family style at 6:00 p.m. sharp

Friday: Dinner buffet available from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Meals available to campsite guests by prior arrangement. Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary restrictions.

Other Features

Put your feet up and enjoy Cardigan Lodge’s comfortable living room with cozy fireplace or enjoy a quiet read in the Library. Relax on our deck and take in the view of Mt. Cardigan’s summit and the nearby swimming pond.

Guests can make use of the pack room for storing group gear, as well as the guest refrigerator. A small retail store offers books, maps, logo gear, and last-minute items. Our Demo Center offers guests the opportunity to try out Deuter backpacks and LEKI poles for free.

Winter guests can immerse themselves in Cardigan’s ski lodge history and take advantage of the 50 miles of ski trails that criss-cross our 1,200 acres of Lakes Region forest.

Our friendly staff is always available to assist with trip planning, weather, and trails information.


We are not able to accommodate pets at Cardigan Lodge, the campsites, or High Cabin.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.


Alcoholic beverages are permitted at the lodge, and should be consumed in a responsible manner.

Top Things to Do

At Cardigan Lodge, in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, you’ll find your slice of nature, regardless of age or ability. From quiet nature walks to family fun to challenging explorations, Cardigan is the perfect the spot in every season.

Climb “Old Baldy”

Hikers of all ages enjoy a hike up Mount Cardigan. The first big mountain hike for many visitors, this 5-mile round trip rewards with inspiring 360-degree views.

Overnight in the backcountry

Located on the eastern shoulder of Mount Cardigan, AMC’s High Cabin offers backcountry solitude with the Lakes Region beauty you crave.

Cardigan Lodge

Perfect for a Family Getaway

Cardigan Lodge offers plenty of options and programs for families to enjoy. Hike, swim in the pond, search for local wildlife, and gather around the campfire for s’mores and stories. 


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Cardigan Lodge awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor



Cardigan Lodge rated “excellent” on TripAdvisor

New Hampshire Union Leader Review of Cardigan Lodge

New Hampshire Union Leader

Cardigan Lodge featured in New Hampshire Union Leader


Cardigan 2017 Certificate of excellence

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Cardigan Lodge awarded 2017 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

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 our gear guides to make sure you’re packing everything you need for comfort and safety.


Cardigan Lodge


774 Shem Valley Rd
Alexandria, NH 03222