A few things to know about The North Fork Hostel & Inn

…that are good to know:

Check in between 5 PM and 10 PM

Let us know if you’re coming earlier or need a late check-in. Use the self check in and catch up with your host once you get settled in.

Check out before 10 AM

Please, leave room or cabin as you found it.

How to light propane lamps:

Please familiarize yourself with them first and ask for assistance if in doubt: First light match (make sure you have a solid and big flame) hold it to the mantle (make sure only the flame, not the match, is touching the mantle) and turn gas on (lever/ knob on side of lamp) For your safety, do not turn gas on first and do not blow light out! Oliver loves to show you how to light the lamps safely!

Power Hour:

We get our power from the sun and our system is fairly small. We still encourage you to use the electric lights (especially until you get used to the  propane lights) and prefer it in the shower room, but please, always turn OFF after use. Wifi and charging power only works during the power hour, on some days wifi might not be available. (check with Oliver, times are usually between 7 & 8 PM!)

Kitchen hours:

7 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 10 PM (Please, respect quiet times) Clean up after yourself and be respectful to others; There are 2 guest refrigerators for your use in the kitchen, please mark  and date all your food and let us know if you leave foodstuff behind, so it can be shared with other guests. Please wash all your dishes and wipe counter and stove top immediately after use; Wash dishes in blue tubs, fill rinse tub first so hot water can reach kitchen, then fill wash tub (staff will fill sanitizer tub), help conserve water and energy, Thanks!

Please recycle:

Tin, Aluminum, plastic #1 & #2 in blue recycle bin – please rinse out first; Paper products can go in paper bag; Glass bottles in a card board box; there is no glass recycling but it makes life easier as we have to haul garbage to Columbia Falls; Absolutely no cooked or processed FOOD scraps in compost pail – only coffee, tea and raw, uncooked matters (in doubt throw in trash or ask Oliver). Remember this is bear country!

Shower hours:

7 AM to 10 AM and 5 PM to 10 PM (Please, respect quiet times) The shower has an electric light, you find the switch to the left of the light fixture above the sink. Conserve water: We are in a fragile environment: Low groundwater table & flood plain, limit your time and water use, be respectful to those after you and use squeegee after each use; Please prop door open with little stool so air can circulate. Shower for hostel guests only, Merc has public coin showers, so does Home Ranch Store.

Sheets and Towels

are normally not provided but are available (Ask for help) for a small charge; Always use bedding or sleeping bags! Pillow cases (No charge) are next to the kitchen in the Hallway; Please return pillow cases and sheets to hamper after use. Hang towels to dry. Thanks!


Only toilet paper and human waste down the hole! Absolutely no plastic or hygiene products in pit please, they belong in trash! Keep lid closed to keep smell down! It is OK to pee in the woods!

And Remember:

Changing toilet paper rolls does not cause brain damage!