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Your website is great! For the past 35 years my family gathered every summer in Buenie for family get togethers, fishing, visiting etc. Such a great place and so many wonderful memories. Keep up the good work, Thunder Lodge is one of a kind. We are now trying to get our adult children and their children together for a return one of these summers! Joe and Carol Anthis, Oklahoma City

We came the first week of October and really enjoyed everything. The Fall colors were perfect when we arrived. The cabin worked well for our family of 5. The kitchen was a little small, but it worked. Beds and couches were quite comfortable. The owners and front desk help were very friendly. We found Buena Vista and the area very much to our liking. The kids all want to move to BV now. Thank you for an enjoyable stay! The Eckerts from Iowa.

What an amazing place! We recently stayed for a short escape and the local Chamber HIGHLY recommended "Thunder Lodge". Well we were not disappointed. The property was neat as a pin, the cabins was cleaner than any place I have ever stayed and the owners were truly working hard at making sure everyone's stay was the best it could be. It's truly hard to find this level of pride and ownership in today's world. WE will be back The Davis Group Kansas

Ben, Aspen and I had a wonderful time at your lodge this summer. Foosball and the new shuffleboard game was a treat! Thank you for the hospitality. We'll recommend your place to our friends and family for sure! - Lisa

Our family members who came to Buena Vista and Thunder Lodge for our Clark family reunion (June 2011) all had a wonderful time. We love getting together and your place helped to make it a very special weekend for all. Thank you for the great accommodations, the "gathering place" where we could all visit and everything else you do to make it so comfortable and inviting.  Buena Vista is old home space for many of us and it was terrific to see our children and grandchildren love it as much as we do. Thanks again.
Mary Ann McClain -Clark family reunion

We had a wonderful time in Cabin #7...sleeping with the window open was so relaxing as we were next to Cottonwood Creek! The cabin was comfortable for me, husband did not like the mattress (too soft for him). The hot tub was down..kind of a bummer. Overall, the stay was enjoyable! Would come back again and will recommend Thunder Lodge to family and friends!

Wow! What a treat. The Lodge is amazing..we stayed over the 4th of July yesterday and today. The place has been completely redone, and the cabins are amazing with new natural. I must admit it exceeded all expectations! The owners were just icing on the cake as they treated us as family. We did make reservations for next year and look forward to coming back from Texas. Thanks Darthula and Max for making us feel like family. The Walkers from Dallas Texas

Came for the "Ride the Rockies" Race, the place was more than we ever imagined. Truly a rare find in today's world. My family will come back when we are not so rushed, your cabins were darling and the property was immaculate. The owners were fantastic and really treated us as if we were long time friends. What an amazing place Max and Darthula. See you soon! The Richards from Kansas

"We drove in from the Springs on Hwy 24 into Buena Vista. The fall color was a brilliant golden yellow! We stayed the weekend at Thunder Lodge, a beautiful lodge right on Cottonwood Creek. We stayed in cabin 7 and had to sleep with our windows open even though it was chilly at night. The sound of the creek running next to our cabin was so peaceful and relaxing. We spent the days hiking and four wheeling. We had a wonderful weekend. The cabins are large with two bedrooms and kitchen. We are looking forward to skiing at Ski Cooper and staying at Thunder Lodge again!"

"We were very happy with our decision to stay at Thunder Lodge in Buena Vista. We were looking for a place in Colorado with lots of fun things to do, but with prices that cater to our budget. So many Colorado cities are so touristy and overpriced, we were happy to find a cheaper option. The cabin was roomy and comfortable, and had great mountain views! They also have BBQ grills, and we enjoyed using the little kitchen and BBQ to cook dinner and breakfast. The cabins could be updated to be more stylish, but it had everything we needed, and we aren't picky about decor, and we aren't the kind of people who spend much of our trips indoors anyway. We liked that the cabins felt like they were out in nature, but were close enough to town for us to walk to nearby bars, restaurants, and a small park. During our stay, we enjoyed whitewater rafting, hiking and fishing at Cottonwood Lake, taking beautiful pictures, horseback riding through mountains and streams, and enjoying some tasty Mexican food at the Coyote Cantina at Johnson Village, a few minutes from Buena Vista. If you are looking for an inexpensive mountain adventure, Buena Vista and Thunder Lodge are exactly what you are looking for!"

"I've stayed at the Thunder Lodge several times over the last two years and have always had a pleasant relaxing time. It's especially fun in the off season, when it's not too crowded. Cottonwood hot springs is right up the road, and easy access. A new owner has recently taken over, and they are a very kind and accommodating family that wants to make sure that you are happy with your stay there. They bent over backwards for us several times to get us bedding and kitchen supplies that were not readily available in our cabin. The cabins are roomy and cozy, with a full kitchen and separate bedrooms. Highly recommended."

Staying at Thunder Lodge was so fun. I am so greatly blessed to have stayed here with my family. This is a great way to experience the real Colorado. Amazing facilities. Peace be with you all

Thanks Darthula and Max, you made our stay the most memorable. My husband is not in the best of health and everyone helped us in and out of cabins, drew us maps to see the sights and took time to just sit and visited with us when most would of been to busy. If life and health permits it we will be back in a month or two. This is the closet thing to having a family that we have. What a magical place and what magical people. J&T

Well they have now added ATving to the list and we loved it. We were the first to experience the new ATVs and my wife and grand kids were mesmerized. The cabins were roomy, shoot they are as big as my home, the couple that owns the place are amazing too. We fell in love with the whole group in the short time we visited. Thanks again for putting up with us and our grand kids but you have made lifetime memories for us all to cherish. The Bain's Group from Colorado Springs.

Can't wait to come back!! We took our two boys last year in July for a week and it was so much fun! The mountains are breathtaking!! We went flyfishing, jeep tour with High Country", river rafting, and just hung out at Thunder Lodge!! Max and Darthula were so accomodating they are great people with a great place to stay!! Hope to go back this summer!!! Thanks again for everything my boys have not forgotten and are ready to come back!! The Williams Crew from Oklahoma

Awesome place! We really enjoyed our stay. We were skiing at ski cooper which was only about 45 minutes away. Our heater went out and it was fixed with in minutes the service was great. We were recommended excellent places to eat. The cabin was very large considering how fair the prices were. Everything was very clean and it had a nice warm feeling to it. The area was quiet and we didnt have any trouble regarding noise or the other guests. I look forward to seeing the renovations that they plan on doing. I hope to return in the spring to fly fish and will be staying here again! Keith from Texas.

We had a family reunion and we stayed at "Thunder Lodge" Behind the lodge was the "Cottonwood Creek". I found some nice gold on my first pan and not digging to much either. I got my nephew interested big time. He was 11 years old and he got the fever. LOL I told him that on the way home he should find some dirt and he could pan it out at his bath tub. He told his parents that when they got home and they called me about it. I just laughed, i had no idea they had stopped at a motel and some one was building a building, and Brandon asked his dad to help him get some soil samples. Made me laugh. To this day he wants to move to Colorado when he gets on his own. "Cottonwood Creek". is just a little creek back of the lode that you can wade though. The bank is all of 3 feet high. I doubt to many people are panning in there as it wonders around and though the town. Have a great weekend! Kevin & Patti King

We visited Thunder Lodge in January of last year and it was absolutely awesome. Great hospitality and great area. We are from Texas and would definitely would return. May be making reservations again soon. Jim and Jayna Swarthout

A beautiful slice of heaven here on earth. We cannot thank your whole family enough for all that was done to show us a great time. Keep looking up Patricia Cianfarini & Nick Krut *Gizmo*

We are staying here during the elk and deer hunt this October 2010. This place is so peaceful and quiet. It's an awesome place to stay! The cabins are clean, nice and the beds are very comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone who needs a place to stay while visiting Buena Vista, Colorado! T. Dilday

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