Built in 1928 and restored in 2017, Bolton Lodge offers renters rustic accommodations in the backwoods of Bolton Valley, Vermont. Located in Mount Mansfield State Forest, the camp is within Bolton Valley Resort’s network of cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Renters can access the cabin by either following the Broadway Trail from Bolton’s Nordic and Sports Center, a 1.5 mile hike or ski, or via the Catamount Trail from where it heads north from the Bolton Valley Access Road, a 2/3 of a mile hike or ski. Accommodations include unfurnished bunk beds for up to eight guests, woodstove, firewood, and composting privy. There is no electricity or running water.
Please be aware, the cabin is not insulated and will never get as warm as your home. When spending a night at Bolton Lodge, come prepared with the gear and sleeping bags to keep you warm as if you were camping.
Rates: $97 per night Friday through Sunday. $77 per night Monday through Thursday.
Current Green Mountain Club Members: During checkout, please use the discount code member20 for 20% off. If you are interested in becoming a member or renewing your membership, Join / Renew Membership.
Cancelation Policy: Reservations canceled 15 days or more in advance will receive a 50% refund. Reservations canceled 14 days or less in advance are non-refundable. GMC is not able to give refunds based on weather or trail conditions.
At GMC's discretion, a facility cleanup/repair fee of up to $200 may be charged to the reservation's credit card if the facility requires cleaning or repairs after rental.
Bolton Lodge is rented July 1st through March 31st. For reservations, please use the reservation system below. You can call the Green Mountain Club at (802) 241-8210 for any questions about the cabin. GMC does not offer a waitlist for reservations. Due to the camp’s high winter demand, renters are encouraged to book the cabin on the day reservations become available for the following winter season or visit this site periodically to check on camp availability.
As a new benefit, GMC members may take advantage of a 24-hour early reservation period when reservations open for each season in the spring. Reservations for July 2020 through March 2021 will open up May 14th at 10 AM for GMC members and May 15th at 10 AM for the general public.
New COVID-19 Camps Policy
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMC is taking the following measures to comply with State of Vermont requirements and promote renter safety.
- Renters are required to complete this Certificate of Compliance on the day of their reservation. Please complete before leaving for the cabin since there is unreliable cell phone service at the cabin.
- Guests who can not certify that they met the State of Vermont’s current residency or self-quarantine requirement may cancel their reservation and receive a full refund from GMC
- Guests who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not stay at the camp and may cancel their reservation and receive a full refund from GMC
- Renters are responsible for cleaning all touch surfaces at the cabin and outhouse before and after their stay at the camp. Guests acknowledge that they are staying at a remote cabin that is not serviced or cleaned by GMC on a daily or weekly basis. GMC will make every effort to stock the camp with hand sanitizer, cleaning agents, and disposable gloves. However, guests should bring these items as well in case of an unexpected shortage.
Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to provide a safe level of access to Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp this coming year, GMC is making the following restrictions to the 2020-2021 Bolton and Bryant reservations:
- Only Friday and Saturday nights are available for reservations at this time, and
- Guests are required to make a two-night reservation.
These precautions will space out bookings to minimize the potential of spreading COVID-19 between rental groups in these backcountry facilities that cannot be cleaned between reservations. GMC apologies for how these precautions limit the availability of these popular backcountry camps.
GMC will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 in Vermont, and if additional nights can be safely added to the 2020-2021 rental season, GMC will announce an additional booking date for Bolton Lodge and Bryant Camp later this year. GMC reserves the ability to cancel reservations in the interest of public health. All cancelations made due to COVID-19 will be fully refunded. Please stay up to date with GMC’s COVID-19 response here.
Check-in/Check-out: Check-in is after 1:00 p.m. on the arrival date, and check-out is by 12:00 p.m. on the departure date.
Hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, lift-service downhill skiing, and mountain biking. For hiking trails, you can check out our trail maps. For skiing and gear rental information, you can check out Bolton Valley’s website. For mountain biking, learn more here.
Guests staying at the Bolton Lodge during ski season are required to purchase Bolton Nordic Day Tickets, or have a season’s pass, for the extent of their stay. Bolton Nordic Day Tickets and Passes are available for purchase at the Bolton Nordic Center.
Please note that Bolton Resort’s trail notifications do not inhibit your ability to access the cabin. Please use your best judgment on whether your backcountry skills match the conditions on the day of your reservation. GMC is not able to give refunds based on weather or snow conditions.
Wood stove. Seasoned firewood provided.
Guest provided – bring your own headlamps, flashlights and/or enclosed gas or candle lanterns. No open flames, please.
Guest provided – bring your own portable camp stove, pots, dishes, and utensils. For safety, please use stoves outdoors whenever possible.
No potable supply. In winter: melt snow. In summer: haul in water or treat stream water.
None; cell coverage spotty.
Renters can access the cabin by foot or ski:
- From the Bolton Valley Nordic Center, follow the Broadway Trail southwest for 1.5 miles. Parking available at the Nordic Center.
- From the Bolton Valley Access Road, follow the Catamount Trail uphill for a 2/3 of a mile. Parking available for up to three cars on the west side of Bolton Valley Access Road, 2.6 miles up the Bolton Valley Access Road from Route 2 in Bolton, Vermont. When parking, please take care not to block access to the gate.
Upon reserving the cabin, a confirmation email with information including the lock combination will be sent. If you do not receive this email, please contact our Visitor Center during our hours of operation.
Pets: Pets are not allowed while the Bolton Resort Nordic ski trails are open (December through March). July through November, well behaved pets are allowed, provided owners clean up all associated waste.
Bolton Lodge was built in 1928 by the Burlington Section of the Green Mountain Club. The cabin was used as a Long Trail Shelter up until the 1980s, when the Long Trail was relocated to the ridgeline to the west of Bolton Valley.
Guest Comments from the Bolton Lodge Logbook:
“It was a nice ski down to the cabin - much easier than we expected. It was very cold outside, but the cabin warmed up nicely.”
“It’s a special opportunity to spend your day skiing in the Bolton Valley. The woods are beautiful in the fading light. A warm fire to sit by on a cool night. Thank you, Green Mountain Club, for restoring Bolton Lodge. We will bring memories home from this trip.”
“I never get tired of sleeping in the woods with a group of good friends. Thanks for making adventures possible, GMC!”
“What an evening in the snow globe! The cabin is a cozy delight and the stove holds embers hot and low. Right out of a Jack London Novel... Thank you GMC and all who made this stay possible and to all who rented before us for keeping it in order.”
“Awesome, quiet, mindful experience. Thanks to the GMC for a great job fixing up the place!”
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