Q: How are the rooms priced?
A: Room pricing is based on double occupancy. There is a small charge for each additional guest. Children age 3 and under stay for free.
Q: Is there a minimum stay requirement?
A: All Cabins have a minimum 2 night stay (except the 1-night stay cabin). Trail Bunk (tandem) units, Pony Express (motel) units only require a 1 night stay. However, during most holidays the minimum stay is a day or two more.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Papertowels, coffee, salt and pepper, layered clothes, a flashlight, additional pillows and extra towels are the most common items that our guests bring. If you plan to bake you will want to bring a cookie sheet or pizza pan.
Q: What is provided?
A: All linens, bath towels, wash rags, potholder, cooking pot, fry pan, silverware, camping grade dishes, dish rag, dish towel, dish soap, shampoo and soap are all included with your stay (Pony Express motels have no kitchen items).
Q: Is there an Ice Machine?
A: No, but ice can be purchased at the nearby market.
Q: Can I fish on the property?
A: Although you can fish right on the property a fishing license is still required (this applies to ages 10+).
Q: Are there fish in the creek?
A: Yes! We are the only lodge located right on the banks of Christopher Creek. You do not have to leave the property to fish. Native brown trout are in the creek and it is also stocked with rainbow trout.
Q: Are pets allowed?
A: We have a limited number of Pet-Friendly units. The Founder’s Cabin, Pioneer’s Cabin #s 8, 9 &10 and Trail Bunk #s 7,8 & 9 are pet friendly. Pets are not allowed in the Pony Express units. Only pets that are well behaved, friendly and supervised are allowed at the lodge. Pets must be leashed when outside due to safety concerns and in accordance with the state’s leash law. Pets must immediately be cleaned up after. For your convenience we have scoops located in a couple of areas. Pets are not allowed on any beds or furniture, and there may be a charge for extra clean up (i.e. excessive pet hair, pet stains, etc). Pets are not allowed to be left alone in cabins unless crated and only then for a very brief time. Please bring your own pet bed and blanket.
Q: Are there wild animals?
A: Because we are right in the middle of the forest it is not uncommon to see elk, wild turkey, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, deer and other critters.
Q: Can we have an outside fire?
A: We do have a couple of outside fire pits, and several charcoal BBQs, but they must always be supervised, kept modest and if the area is on restriction no fires are allowed.
Q: What about phone service?
A: There is good cell service for Verizon and AT&T. The rooms do not have individual phones. The office also has a land line for calls out.
Q: Do you have Internet access?
A: We have limited free wireless Internet access, but you have to be in or near the office. For those seeking in-room Internet or have more robust bandwidth needs we recommend bringing your own mobile hotspot (Verizon or AT&T).
Q: Do you have movies or DVDs?
A: If you’d like to watch movies it is recommended that you bring a portable DVD player or laptop as most of our TVs do not have RCA inputs or are mounted to the wall.
Q: Do you provide any board games or reading material?
A: We have an assortment of board games and books that can be borrowed at the front office.
Q: Is firewood provided for the fireplaces?
A: No logs are included, but can be purchased at the lodge. Only Duraflame type logs are allowed (no real firewood allowed for inside use).
Q: Can I bring my own firewood?
A: Yes, but firewood is only allowed in the designated outside fire pits. You are welcome to bring your own Duraflame type logs for use in the indoor fireplaces.
Q: Can I pay with cash or check?
A: No, but we do accept all major credit cards.
Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: As a general rule we do not offer any discounts. The reason for this is that we believe everyone should get the same fair price. There are so many good reasons to offer a discount, and so instead of picking winners and losers we just try to keep our place affordable for as many people as possible.
Q: Does your lodge accommodate special needs?
A: Yes, We do offer a couple of handi-capable rooms. Please call in advance.
Q: How easy are the loft stairs to navigate?
A: The loft stairs in most units are pretty steep and narrow. For that reason we do not recommend the lofts for elderly people or young kids and ask that people use extra caution.
Q: Do the rooms ever get hot?
A: Upstairs lofts can get warm during the summer. Each unit does include a box fan for use.
Q: I’ve stayed in a cabin before and remember the number, but not the name?
A: C-3, C-4, C-8, C-9, C-10 are ‘Pioneer’s Cabins’
C-5, C-6 are ‘Fisherman’s Cabins’
C-2 is the ‘Pioneer’s Cabin – One Night Stay’
Q: Are the rooms cleaned daily like a normal hotel?
A: No. Our conservation efforts include only making beds and providing fresh linens upon arrival (unless it is an extended stay).
Q: What’s the difference between the Pioneer’s Cabin & Fisherman’s Cabin?
A: The Fisherman’s Cabin is a bit smaller in square footage, has lower ceilings, a smaller bathroom and a queen size bed instead of a king size bed.
Q: Are there differences between the various Pioneer’s Cabins?
A: Yes. We’ve tried to make all of the Pioneer’s Cabins of equal value. The newer ones C-8, C-9 and C-10 are studio style and have 4 twin beds upstairs. C-3 and C-4 are older units also with 4 twin beds upstairs, but have a separate bedroom.
Q: How many people are allowed to stay on one unit?
A: That is up to your comfort level (within reason). Most of our units have 2-4 additional twin beds upstairs, and we do have some rollaways. Some guests have been known to bring blow up mattresses or sleeping bags.
Q: Are you open year round?
A: Yes. There is always something to do up here during all 4 beautiful seasons.
Q: Are you close to any lakes?
A: We are minutes away from many lakes. See: Area Information
Q: Can I barbeque outside?
A: Yes, but it must be with charcoal only and in the BBQ pits/grills provided or you’re welcome to bring your own small propane grill.
Q: Is there a restaurant or market nearby?
A: There is a nearby bar and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also, there is a market that has more than just the essentials. All are within walking distance.
Q: Are you close to any hiking trails?
A: Across the street is the Highline Trailhead, which branches off to many different beautiful trails of varying levels & distances. See: Area Information
Q: Is there television?
A: Yes, each room has a TV with 36 channels, including all the local networks, and our own channel that provides information about the lodge and surrounding area.
Q: Do you accept special events like weddings, family reunions, company retreats, etc?
A: Yes, we have tables, chairs, a conference room, and some extra outside space available for such gatherings.
Q: How’s the weather?
A: Christopher Creek has it’s own unique climate. A general rule to go by is Payson minus 8-10 degrees, but conditions often vary.
Q: Do any units have air conditioning?
A: No. At almost 6000 ft. it can occasionally get a bit warm, but usually the weather is fantastic.
Q: How big is your conference room?
A: Depending on the use it typically can accommodate 40-50 people.
Q: Do you offer any discounts?
A: No, we do not offer any discounts like AAA or AARP.
Q: Do I need to make a deposit to book a reservation?
A: All reservations are paid for in full at the time a reservation is booked. All reservations have a 15-day cancellation. See: Terms & Conditions