This year we are experiencing a major algae bloom in the fishing lake. Call it climate change, call it seasonal, whatever you call it, it's a nuisance!
You have to play the wind, and get to the side of the lake without the moss or you may lose your bobber, hook and line.
Fishing the river is even more fun and - even if you fish the fishing lake, a 24-incher got pulled out the first week of August.
Are all costs included in the rates shown on the Rates & Features page?
- in addition to the rate shown, the State of New Mexico requires us to collect an 11.5% "hotel tax."
- Each cabin lists a maximum number of guests. If you exceed that number - e.g. Juniper allows a maximum of 6 - there is an additional charge of $50/guest per day.
- Late checkout fee: we have a narrow window of time to get your cabin ready for our next guests. If you check out anytime after 8am - 11am, you'll be accessed a $50 late fee.
How do I make a reservation?
You can either make a reservation using our online booking, or by calling Philo.
How far in advance should I make a reservation?
During the "high season" (May 15–September 1) you should try to book at least 2 months in advance—especially if you're planning on reserving more than one cabin. In the off-season several weeks in advance should do.
Do you ever have last-minute cancellations?
We do. Click here to join our mailing list to be notified of cancellations and special offers.
Is there a discount rate for an extended stay?
Yes. We often have writers, artists and retirees staying for a month or more. Contact Philo to make arrangements.
Is it cheaper in the off-season?
Yes. Our rates are reduced between October 1 and May 1. Check the Rates & Features page for the exact amounts.
Is there a booking fee for the cabins?
No. We no longer charge a booking fee.
Do I get a discounted rate if I'm a repeat visitor or if I provide a referral?
Some of our guests—who've been returning for decades—do get a discounted rate, but for the most part we can't offer discounts for repeat business or referrals since we're already operating as close to a non-profit as you can get without being a non-profit(!)
What do you provide?
- All cabins have linens, blankets and towels, a fully-equipped kitchen (including plates, dishes, cups, silverware, utensils), a wood stove and a gas-fueled BBQ grill.
- Internet access: we have wireless access, but because it is from a satellite signal it can be slow and intermittent, and during storms can be completely unavailable for hours - i.e. we're not the ideal place for YouTube and working vacations!*
*Cell phones: as of 2018, there is a strong cell signal reaching the cabins, but not the trails.
What do you have in the store in the office?
- Non-alcoholic beverages, candy and snacks.
- T-shirts, hats, cups and a few other supplies.
- Fishing supplies: a special selection of dry and wet flies, and fly-fishing supplies that are geared to the Brazos River and Fishing Lake.
- Dozens of board games.
What do I need to bring?
- All your own food (and spices). The kitchens are fully equipped to handle all your cooking needs.
The Cliffview Restaurant & Bar is within walking distance away, though only open during the summer season. Nearby Chama—20 miles from Corkins—has a number of restaurants in, as do Taos, Pagosa Springs and other destinations nearby. See our Dining page for details.
- Seasonally-appropriate outdoor clothing. Layers of clothing work best to handle the range of temperatures that can happen during the day: summer days will range from the high-50’s (14C) at night to the mid-80’s (30C) during the day; winters can range from below 0 (-18C) at night to the 40’s (7C) during the day.
- In all seasons have comfortable, sturdy shoes.
- Hats, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellent, and your bathing suit/towel for the pool (or river).
Why should I come to Corkins rather than some other lodge in New Mexico or the Southwest?
To visit Corkins Lodge is to spend time in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the American West. Whether admiring the spectacular view of the Brazos Cliffs from your cabin porch or the edge of the fishing lake, hiking through the dramatic mountain landscape, or fishing on the 2-1/2 mile private stretch of the boulder-strewn Brazos River, there is no other place quite like it in the country. It really is a private national park, reserved for the few guests of the lodge.
What makes Corkins Lodge special?
Corkins Lodge is a peaceful, lovely retreat for anyone who wants to step outside of their daily life and into a beautiful slice of nature. The cabins have been lovingly built or restored to a warm, rustic simplicity, with everything you need, but nothing you don’t. We have amenities that will bring friends, family and loved ones together in fun, active ways; from the swimming pool to the game room, playground, horseshoe, bocce ball and tether ball courts to hiking the whole wilderness landscape beyond the cabin circle. It is also special because of its unique history: you’re settling into a vision that began nearly a century ago.
What is there to do when I get there?
The Lodge is designed to be a place to relax and escape from all the demands and stresses of daily life. You can swim in the pool or the Brazos River, play tetherball, bocce ball or horseshoes. There is a playground for children, and a game room with pingpong, foosball and a small pool table. The lodge is set in 1,600 acres of beautiful mountain wilderness, with a one-acre lake (for fishing) and 2-1/2 miles of the dramatic Brazos River reserved exclusively for Corkins Lodge guests - where you can fish, swim or relax. You can hike, lounge, explore, contemplate, or whatever else inspires you.
Because of our location in northern New Mexico we are an ideal place to include on a trip through the Southwest. Many of our guests spend their entire time without leaving our 1,600 acres, but if you want to venture out—or include us on an extended trip—there are many, many things to do nearby.
Do you provide any assistance with fly fishing?
We've partnered with The Reel Life for their fishing expertise. You can try your own luck in the Fishing Lake or our River—or take advantage of their guides and fly fishing packages for our guests. Check their Fishing Reports before heading our way. Better yet: use their expert service to make your experience the very best. There are many other spectacular fishing sites located nearby, if you’re making the fly-fishing circuit through our area.
What things can’t I do?
Corkins Lodge is designed as a peaceful, natural retreat, so you should remember to be considerate of other guests’ experience.
- Pets are not allowed.
- You should leave home anything that will disturb others, such as loud stereo systems.
- You cannot scale the cliffs either with or without gear.
- You cannot use ATV’s or other motorized vehicles.
- Hunting is not allowed on Lodge grounds.
- All cabins are non-smoking.
- Guests can only smoke on cabin porches, for reasons of fire safety.
- Please don't litter anywhere at the Lodge. Discarded candy wrappers, coils of fishing line and soda cans are not what other people come here to see!
Where exactly in New Mexico are you?
We're at the terminus of Highway 512, about 7 miles east of its intersection with US-84, some 20 miles south of the New Mexico-Colorado border, and 100 miles north of Santa Fe. You can easily find us on Google Maps. To be more precise, we're ~8,000 feet above sea level at latitude 36°44'35.94"N and longitude 106°26'15.89"W.
How do I get there?
See our Directions page for exact routes.