Thunderhorse Lodge is a large 7500 square foot lodge located on 20 acre, secluded ranch in the White Mountains of Arizona, with a 4 season climate, snow in the winter and pleasant temps in the summer. The Lodge and surroundings are a perfect getaway from the summer heat of southern Arizona locations and a great fall/winter destination for skiers and hunters. Recently constructed (2013), it is the perfect setting for families, corporate getaways or other groups. Sorry, no wedding ceremonies at the Lodge.
The Lodge is professionally decorated in a rustic western mountain motif, prior guests have remarked that the interior reminds them of a national park lodge. The massive Great Room is perfect for large group gatherings. The large indoor stone fireplace is a great place to gather with family and friends. The Lodge has an enormous fully appointed kitchen with granite countertops, a Thermador refrigerator and freezer, a double oven, 4 burner Thermador gas stove and a convection microwave. There is a wood burning stove for additional warmth and ambiance on cold winter evenings. A favorite of prior guests is to have a cowboy cookout using the authentic Old West style barbecue outside next to the fire pit. The Lodge does have central heat and air conditioning for convenient temperature control.
There are five bedrooms including two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The Jacuzzi in master bedroom one is a perfect place to soak and relax after an active day. All of the bedrooms are large and spacious with ample room to accommodate multiple guests. If an indoor privacy break is needed from the rest of the family/group, there is an upstairs loft where you can settle into an easy chair or sofa and read a book or just gaze out over the meadow. Parking is in front of the Lodge, there is a garage but it contains the owner's personal items and is not available to guests.
For the horse lover, there is a horse corral so you can bring your horses on vacation too. Guests are responsible for feeding their horses, cleaning the stalls and placing manure on the compost pile (wheel barrow and rake provided). Trails start within 1/2 mile into the national forest. The White Mountains has an excellent trail system. No animals permitted in the house.
ACTIVITIES: Activities at the Lodge and Ranch are endless. You can ride horses on the ranch, fish or kayak at the nearby lake, mountain bike or go on a nature hike. Or you can just relax on the veranda and listen to the cool wind blowing through the pines and watch elk and deer graze. For equestrians, you can trailer your horses up to the ranch (with your own private corral) and both you and your horses can have a wonderful vacation. Ride on the ranch or through the nearby national forest. When it’s time to take a break indoors, break out a board game, play indoor shuffleboard or basketball or read a book from our Great Books Classics library.
Thunderhorse Ranch is located in Lakeside, near Show Low and Pinetop. Within a short drive there are nice restaurants, golfing, fishing, bowling, a family fun center, community aquatic center, indoor gun range and movie theaters. There is a quaint farmers market just down the road open on Saturdays all summer long. Sunrise Ski Resort (great skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer!) is less than an hour's drive away.
The Lodge is the perfect destination to escape the Arizona summer heat and an ideal place for your fall or winter ski excursion or hunting trip.