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Who can make a cabin reservation?

  • 8 DOC Cabins outside the Grant — anyone!
  • 3 DOC Cabins inside the Grant — Dartmouth students, alums, and employees only
  • 8 OPO Cabins inside the Grant — Dartmouth alums and employees only

There is also Titcomb Cabin, on Gilman Island in the Connecticut River, which is reserved through the Ledyard Canoe Club (by anybody and includes a free canoe rental).

Finally, it’s not really a cabin, but the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge accepts room and meal reservations as well — or you might be thinking of the shelters on the Appalachian Trail which are all first-come, first-serve, no reservations possible.

When can I rent cabins?

  • DOC Cabins — three weeks in advance (four weeks for student DOC members)
  • OPO Cabins — six months in advance

The DOC cabins are primarily intended for students (whose planning tends to be somewhat short-term) so we allow Dartmouth students who are DOC members to reserve DOC cabins up to four weeks in advance, and everyone else can reserve them three weeks in advance (effectively giving student DOC members first crack at them). But we know alums and employees need to be able to plan their excursions with more notice, so OPO cabins can be reserved up to six months in advance (and wow, do they go quickly six months before hunting season!).

All of the cabins are available year-round, except that we close the Grant down around the month of April for mud season. Also, we don’t plow all the roads in the Grant every year (it depends on where logging operations are going on), so some cabins may be far from parking in the winter.

What are the cabins like?

They vary. Dartmouth’s cabins were constructed or acquired over many decades, and philosophies of cabin design and construction have varied over time. Sometimes folks want to build cabins with modern amenities, and sometimes folks want a cabin to provide the greatest possible escape from modern life.

Most of the cabins are log structures, one or two rooms, usually with a porch. Most of the cabins are heated by woodstoves (with wood provided to burn), have bunks with mattresses (but no linens, pillows, or blankets), and have an inventory of basic cooking gear: pots, pans and utensils, plates, bowls, glasses and silverware, etc. Most have only outhouses for facilities. See the cabin descriptions for more details on each cabin.

How much do the cabins cost? 

All fees are per person/night.

DOC Cabins: $5.00 for DOC Student Members, $10.00 for Dartmouth Students and Non-student DOC Members, $20.00 for others. Free for life members, 50% discount for spouses/partners of life members, 75% discount for children of life members under 18 years of age.

OPO Cabins: $25.00 for Employees and immediate family members (spouses and children under 18), $30.00 for alums and immediate family members (spouses and children under 18) and $35.00 for others.

How do I make a reservation?

For DOC and OPO cabins, first get an overview of the cabin descriptions, and review the reservation policies and procedures. Then check what‘s available online. Once you and your party have decided on dates, come into the business office in 119 Robinson Hall or call (603) 646-2834, M-F from 8AM-noon or 1:30-3:30PM.

We can not answer questions about cabin availability, nor take cabin reservations by email or fax (because it usually turns into a back-and-forth about what cabins are available what days and it’s impossible to keep track of).

How will I know what to do when I get there?

You will receive an e-mail or a handout with instructions particular to the cabin where you'll be staying. You should take time to read it carefully. Each cabin also has instructional and regulatory signage - please pay close attention to those signs as they will help make sure both you and the facility are safe. Please also take a moment to view some or all of these instructional videos.

Last Updated: 4/30/15