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Kit Carson Lodge

Rental Policies

Kit Carson Lodge is a summer resort that is open from the first week in June through the first week of October.

Reservations are accepted year round and can be made by calling us at 209-258-8500 or online through this website.  Many of our accommodations are reserved more than a year in advance during the high season.

Please review the rental policies below, thank you for your interest in our historic resort.

A dog and a cat


All cabins with the exception of snowshoe and cottontail are designated pet-friendly. No dogs are allowed in the hotel rooms. A fee of $25 per day will be added for a dog to stay in any designated accommodation.

Dogs are not permitted in the hotel rooms or non-designated cabins.  Having a pet in one of the designated cabins must be part of the reservation process and we must be notified at the time of the reservation.  Any pets found in non-designated accommodations will be required to leave immediately and the accommodation may be subject to additional cleaning fees.

Dogs must be well behaved, quiet and under control at all times.  Dogs must never be left alone in accommodations or in vehicles on the property.  Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the cabin even when on the deck.  Dogs are not allowed on furnishings or beds in the cabins. Dogs that are found to be disruptive (barking, menacing, biting, nipping) will be removed from the property by the owner immediately.  No refunds for unused nights will be provided due to an unruly pet.

Dogs are not allowed on our private beach with the exception of those dogs that are being taken in motor boat with their owners.  They are allowed to travel to and from the boat only.

Guests come to the lodge for a quiet experience, barking dogs will be asked to leave immediately.

Damage to the cabin including but not limited to furnishings, draperies, screens, windows, doors, decks, railings, flooring, and linens are the responsibility of the renter of the accommodation regardless of ownership of the subject pet.  Any damage that occurs during your stay is expected to be reported immediately to management to work out a cost to repair or replace.  Unreported damage costs for repairs and replacement above the deposit will be charged to the credit card on file including reasonable costs for labor.

Dogs are not allowed on the Lodge deck at any time.  They can be tied below the deck during restaurant meals as long as they are quiet, well mannered, not bothering other guests and on a leash.  Owners are not allowed to feed their dog from the Lodge deck.

Service animals are not subject to the pet policy and are always welcome at the Lodge.  Emotional support dogs do not qualify under Federal Law as service animals and are subject to nightly fees and the limitations listed above.

No pets are allowed on our Pontoon boat and paddle boats. Motor boats, Kayaks, and Canoes are ok for pets.

People around a fire

Fire Danger

The Lodge is located in the National Forest and fire danger is a key issue. Smoking is not permitted in the accommodation or on any decks throughout the property. A $500 cleaning fee will be assessed to any guest that smokes inside the accommodations. Cooking grills are provided at the housekeeping cabins. Grills brought in are to be placed in designated areas and are not to be used on decks at any time. Cooking is not allowed in hotel rooms or hotel decks. Feeding forest animals is not permitted.

Kitchen with fridge, sink, and stove

Hair Dryers/Coffee Pots

We recently upgraded our electrical capacity and are now providing k-cup style coffee makers in each unit.  Coffee k-cups are provided in the hotel rooms.  Cabin guests are encouraged to bring k-cups with them or they may still use our filter system to make drip coffee as usual.

Guests are welcome to bring a hair dryer to use in the accommodations.

Two beds

Maximum Occupancies

Maximum occupancies for rooms and cabins are strictly enforced. All persons are included in occupancy, regardless of age. Only registered guests are allowed to use rooms/cabins and resort amenities.



Due to noise transmission, children under the age of 10 are not recommended as overnight guests in the hotel rooms or the Cottontail/Snowshoe duplex. Families with very young children are encouraged to stay in cabin accommodations.

Individuals under the age of 18 that wish to rent accommodations must have a valid credit card under their name and parental permission to rent the accommodation.

A bed near a large window


The cabins have complete kitchens with a stove, an oven and a refrigerator with small freezer. Kitchens are fully equipped with utensils, pots, pans, plates, glasses, etc. The Lodge provides bed linens, towels, bar soap, dish soap, toilet paper, trash can liners, salt, pepper and matches. Please bring all other consumables.  Guests are expected to keep and leave housekeeping cabins clean including washing dishes prior to departure. Receptacles are available throughout the property to dispose of trash. A cleaning fee of $100 will be assessed for cabins left dirty.

Our hotel room guests are provided daily housekeeping services each morning. To receive your complimentary housekeeping services please display your make-up room tag on the outside of your door no later than 10:30 a.m.  

Exterior of cabin


Check-in for cabins is at 4 p.m. while check in for hotel rooms is 12:30 p.m.
Check-out is at 11 a.m. for all accommodations.  A fee of $50 per 1/2 hour past the check out time will be assessed for all late check-outs up to the rate for an additional day. The Lodge closes each night at 8 p.m.  Please call to make arrangements for keys if you will be arriving after 8 p.m.

an alpine lake surrounded by wildflowers

Payment Policies

Stays of one night must be paid in full at the time of reservation.
Stays of two nights require a deposit of one night plus tax.
Stays of three nights or more require a deposit of 50%

Cabin reservations made within 60 days and hotel reservations made within 60 days of arrival will be charged the entire amount of the reservation.

Cabins must be paid in full 60 days prior to arrival.
Hotel rooms must be paid in full 60 days prior to arrival.

A stream

Cancellation Policies

We apologize but no refunds are offered at anytime. Please check all weather, wind, rain and snow conditions before you book your time slot.

If you cancel a reservation, 100% of the price paid to Kit Carson Lodge will be forfeited by the person making the reservation. You will not receive a partial or full refund for any reason.

Reservation may be moved one time only for a 10% fee of the original booking price. SAMPLE: Book a boat for $100, it would cost $10 to move the reservation date to a future date.

If you complete payment on this website, you agree to our NO refund policy.