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This was an amazing place to stay. We have been coming to Buena Vista for years and just discovered the lodge. We will definitely be back and recommend it to friends and family. Thanks for the great stay!
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Stayed here a few years ago...loved it...stayed in the Winter month of January...looking to stay again in the next couple of weeks....Jayna Swarthout
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Stayed at the lodge in October 2013. Our cabin was nice and our stay was enjoyable. I am now looking to book another stay. J.E. and the Moon.
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Stayed here to have a "Snowy Mountain Thanksgiving ". Wife and kids had a ball making a snowman and playing in central courtyard. The cabin was warm, clean and cozy. We ventured to the hot springs and had a magical relaxing swim and soak under the stars. No regrets, am truly glad we chose Thunder Lodge. Will be back
D. Schultz and family.
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Ah, memories of Thunder Lodge. I caught my first fish in the little stream there 40+ years ago. My family used to spend a couple of weeks in Buena Vista or Salida every summer. Thunder Lodge stays are the only ones that I remember.
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We first went to Thunder Lodge about 50 years ago and I haven't been to Buena Vista in about 42 years. Just happened to think about Thunder Lodge and was shocked to find out it still exists and really looks the same. The last time I stayed at Thunder Lodge, John West drove the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and we went to Cottonwood Pass. Good to see some things haven't changed. Sad to read John passed away.
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I just got back from their couple of weeks ago. I loved it we had problems with the fridge and stuff so hopefully it will be fixed ill be back in two years for the russell gathering we had a fantastic time!
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Heading there gonna be sweet
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We love Thunder Lodge. We have stayed there since I was a child. Different owners come and go, and sometimes that changes things a little. Still, it's a homey place right in the middle of everything you would want to do in the valley and surrounding mountains. The price is great, and the place might be dated, but it is clean. Most cabins require you to bring half of your house with you, and then there is no contact with owners after the key is delivered. Here, you can have the cabin vacation you want with the added benefit of owners who will help with the necessities and point you toward your next adventure. My price has always been less than quoted. My dog has always been welcome (they even provided an extra sheet so she could continue her habit of sitting on the couch and not leave behind hair). It is one of the only pet-friendly places left in BV. I love being able to leave my pooch safely tucked in her kennel inside the cabin and walk to the Evergreen for breakfast as well as tubing down the creek when the water is high enough. If you want to be pampered, find another place. If you want to feel like this is your family vacation home, come here. You will not be disappointed.
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We are making our third trip to this area of Colorado for trail riding. I wished I had found this place before all our other deposits were made.
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These reviews are quite a bit different than Trip Advisor's reviews! The place is great except for the fact that they are not advertised as self-serve cabins. The excessive (not always posted) penalties for not cleaning your own cabin before you leave, including trash removal and vacuuming, make this place less than ideal for overnight travelers.
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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
Time: 11:31 PM
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.
Time: 10:36 PM
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
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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
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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.
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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!
Time: 10:59 PM
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
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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
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"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!"
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"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!"
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"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
It's not often that buying a pig in the poke.. so to speak..when booking
online...works out..but you UNDERestimate the appeal of your cabins..I
stayed there on 18 and 19th of,September ...in one of your cabins...and
absolutely LOVED it. The cabin was spacious, clean, had everything anyone could ever need for any stay , be it two nights..or two weeks; the grounds were immaculately maintained...it was quiet..and made my stay in Buena Vista outstanding..
Thank you again..
We had a delightful stay at your lodge. The cabin was super clean and the beds were really comfortable. Excellent location for anyone staying in Buena Vista for sure. Numerous restaurants in walking distance and a lovely park along the river were added attractions. Thank you for making us feel at home. We hope to stay here again.
Texas girls-Jacquelyn and Diane
Thanks for putting up with us. We did enjoy our stay with you. We had a mix up on our reservations but don't blame anyone as it was most likely my fault. Look forward to staying with you again. Take care of your little dogs. They sure are cute. Best wishes. The Greenwood bunch from Missouri.
FOUND YOU ON ATVCOLORADO.COM. WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM OKLAHOMA CITY TO EXPERIENCE THE REAL OUTDOORS. WE RODE ALL SEVEN DAYS THERE, AND NEVER SAW THE SAME THINGS, ELK, SECLUDED MIRROR MOUNTAIN LAKES, EAGLES SOARING, INDIAN MOUNDS, GOLD MINES, AND THE LIST GOES ON. YOUR HOSPITALITY AND KINDNESS IS SOMETHING LACKING THESE DAYS. THE CABIN WAS PERFECT IN EVERY ASPECT. I AM A LAW OFFICER AND WILL RECOMMEND THUNDER LODGE TO ALL I KNOW. THANKS AGAIN FOR SUCH A MAGICAL STAY. THE MAYERS
Our visit from Texas was everything your add said. We whitewater rafted, zip lined, ATVed the high country and then spent one evening just soaking in the hot springs near the lodge. I envy that you wake up each day to such a stunning place. We already made reservations for a "white xmas" and will see you this winter. A class act all the way around, owners were gracious and friendly, cabins was larger than expected, comfortable as home and the outdoors was something we had dreamed about. Thanks again and take care friends. The Clarks of Spring Texas June
Amazing.. Truly a find. The cabins are 50-60's style which we really loved, they were extremely clean and cozy. We sat in the courtyard which is meticulously taken care of, flower beds and landscaping are something out of a movie set. We sincerely enjoyed the flashback in time and the magical stay. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Tom and Dean from Wisconsin
We just wanted to thank you again for such a nice stay. We were in cabin
7 and it was so comfortable and it had all that we needed--the bed was so
soft, we slept like babies. We especially loved the landscape, it was so
relaxing to just either sit by the creek or sit in one of the chairs on
the lawn and read a little.
You and your husband are super nice people and we hope to come and stay again real soon.
Take care and keep up the hard work!!! It is greatly appreciated.
Don and India Mackey
thanks so very much for the lovely time last weekend and for keeping us on the wish list for a 2-BR cabin the weekend of July 23-24. We look forward to seeing you next time we are in BV whether it be July or another time.
You are officially our favorite cabins to stay at!!!
We love staying at Thunder Lodge. We have been staying at the lodge for the last
three years over the Christmas holiday. We keep coming back because of the roomy
cabins, grounds and location. New owners took over before Christmas 2009 and are
making substantial improvements to the property. We look forward to going to
Thunder Lodge as it is just the perfect place to stay during the holidays (ok -
The Mullen Family
We absolutely loved the homey cabin with it's quilts, cabin
furniture, snacks ready for us and a kitchen! The hosts were wonderful. We
snowshoed and soaked in the hotsprings and found a hill to slide down.
I wanted to thank you again for helping me out today with my
backpack. You really went out of your way, and I want you to know that I really
appreciated it. It's people like you that find the time to help others that make
our planet a better place. I truly hope the new business is a great success for
you and your family. I will do my best to help promote the lodge to my friends
and acquaintances, and of course, we will be regular customers as often as we
We had a great time. Thanks again for everything.
all the best,
Russ Wiltse & family
summer. Our youth group talks about the experience for
months after leaving, God Bless and we look forward to seeing you soon. Rev.
We were here for the October Snow. This was a winter wonderland. I love the
cabins, so cozy and relaxing. I must say I fell in love with the place. Already
made reservations for two different trips ofver the next three months. J Davis
We have made our sixth straight year of reservations for this
summer. Our church youth group and family have made THUNDER LODGE our goal every
Dear Thunderlodge friends,
Greetings from Columbia City, Indiana.
Our names are Ray and Becky Smith, and in April, we will be celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Buena Vista is our first choice. What a wonderful land lay out by Gods Hand. We hope to visit your beautiful part of the country soon this year. Thank-you and may God bless you all.
We just spent another 2 weeks at Thunderlodge. This marks over 46 years of visiting BV. We look forward to coming to BV and Thunderlodge. The lodge is so convenient to all the activities of Buena Vista and surrounding communities. Within driving distance of most the hot fishing lakes, and of course Cripple Creek and Central City. What more could we ask for? The weather this year was beautiful. The fishing was terrific.
We did something new this year. Hot air ballooning. WOW! Everyone needs to see BV from 2000 ft above. Truly a "Buena Vista".
Count down until we return next summer: 315 days, 314, 313 .... Time can't pass fast enough.
HI Jim and Jane all fifteen of us had a nice stay this year with you hope all is well and hope to see you in
November Richard hunting group from Calif thank you again for a nice place to stay
My family and I stayed at your place two years ago during Spring Break. We did not get to meet you because you were on vacation also at the time. We had a wonderful time. It was our first time skiing. The part we always talk about still to this day was what a wonderful time we had at your place. If anyone wants to experience the outdoors in Colorado and have a place to rest and unwind this in my opinion is the place to stay. The cabins are clean and comfortable and it is very quiet. Thank You for the wonderful memories.
We recently spent the weekend in the Alpine cabin. What a wonderful place. We enjoyed our stay thoroughly and made full use of the facilities, including the outdoor deck and barbeque and the wood stove. What peace and solitude. It was one of the most relaxing vacations I have ever had. I would highly recommend this cabin to anyone who really wants "to get away from it all". Jim and Jane, thanks so much for your hospitality and the very well-equipped cabin. Everything we needed was at our fingertips and we had a fabulous time.
The Viehdorfers, Castle Rock, CO
Hi, Jane, Jim, Lance and Roxy -
Looking forward to coming up to Thunderlodge in one week!! We always have the best time and enjoy everyone's company - see you next week!
Frank, Mary , Betsie and Tippie Andreola
Thunder Lodge was just great , together with fun at the "Gold Rush Days" My wife Janice and I had a great vacation touring around Colorado but now its back too work in dear old England , role on next year!
Even though we only could spend a few days at your lodge, we had a great time. We really appreciated the very clean cabin and the well maintained grounds. You really know how to make people feel welcome.
As an added treat, the community of Buena Vista makes an excellent get away even for short visits. If you like friendly people and great food, your lodge and town have got to be on top of the list.
We want to come back there again so we can check out those fish in that creek by the cabins.
Hope to see you again soon,
Ron and Janet Maneth
I grew up at Thunder Lodge, as my aunt worked for the original owners. Her name is Nell Gordon, and I am Aleta. I am sure many of the old guests remember us. She is still retired in Oklahoma, and at 91 years old still works circles around me! It is so nice to see the news via this website. I am proud that the new owners keep the place as nice as I remember it, and the new additions sound very exciting. Sadly both John and Bessie West have passed from this world, but they would be honored that Thunder Lodge continues to provide a clean and high quality place for visitors to enjoy. To all of the guests I remember as a child, "Greetings!" Aleta
Just spent a relaxing weekend in Buena Vista at the Thunder Lodge. The cabins were well worth the Snow
Bunny Special. It was like home away from home! The kitchen was well furnished and the entire place was very clean! We'll definitely be back! Thanks!
~Jennifer and Kammy
What a wonderful place to stay. Your cabins are very comfortable and for the price you can't beat it. Our group will
definitely be back every year with you. Thanks so much for all the hospitality. We were very grateful for everything you did for us especially since we couldn't get back to Missouri when we were suppose to because of the snow storm. You are great hosts. See you next year.
God Bless You,
We've just come back from a 4 night stay at Thunder Lodge. It was absolutely fantastic! THE nicest place to stay in Buena Vista. Jim and Jane are great hosts. Great rates, great cabins, and a great town. What more could you ask for? We'll most
definitely be back.....Byrd family. Dallas, TX
My name is John Allen and my family has been coming to Thunder Lodge for more than 10 years. You can't find a better place to stay in Colorado.
We enjoyed the website. It appealed to our interest in vacationing somewhere
that was within a short distance to other sites and activities.
We were looking to stay in an authentic cabin for our vacation this year that
had an adventurous and comfortable Colorado feel . I think we found the right
place. Melinda Perez 04/18/02
I was very pleased to see your website...it has given us a very clear picture of what we want on our vacation this year,,,thanks
We are enjoying looking at the pictures. It is a neat website. See you in July! Joe & Carol Anthis
Jim and Jane - just looked at your website - you have done a great job! See you in July. Joe Anthis
Had a wonderful stay at Thunder Lodge. Looking forward to staying there next summer or maybe sooner.
Don & Tere Braaks
My husband and I stayed at Thunder Lodge on our wedding night and it was just great! The cabin was cozy and had everything we needed to spend a comfortable evening.
~Jen in Buena Vista~
My Dad (Fred Gorton) started bringing me to the Thunder Lodge to stay when I was five years old. I am now 42. Fifteen years ago my husband and I spent our honeymoon here. It was on Valentines day in l987. I have recently moved back to Colorado after living in Washington State for ten years. My father is now 76 and my mother died last year. I would enjoy very much being able to stay here again with my dad and my children and show them a place where I had many happy memories.
John and Jo Ann Snogren 7-5-01
What a wonderful vacation that we had!! Thunder Lodge is a great place to stay and enjoy the beauty of Colorado. Rob & Traci 6/8/01.
Great Rate - Great Room - Great Time of the Year to Visit. The stay, grounds and location are excellent. "I'll be back". Tom S, 4/26/2001.
I am Gordon Rountree of Texas. Four of us were guests at Thunder Lodge this week. It was a very nice and friendly place. The cabins had everything anyone would need. I would recommend them to anyone. Also, thanks for the fishing tip.
The acronym for Thunder Lodge (TL) should be TLC, because that's what I received when I stayed there in July. Thank you for the most enjoyable vacation.
This is Gretchen Finley. I came with the Haury/Small/Finley reunion. We stayed in the cabins by the creek.
Anyways. . . I would like to say that I had a great time at Thunder Lodge and it really was cozy.
Your son, Lance, was really fun and I'm glad he was there to hang out with. I think you guys did a great job with the place and
I hope to come back.
Thank you for the hospitality shown me this last July. Your knowledge of the area helped me find whitewater rafting, horseback riding, hot fishing spots, good restaurants, etc. Rather than waste time on vacation, you helped me find fun activities within the Buena Vista area. Thank you so much.
Having traveled to Buena Vista over the last 40 years, I find that Thunder Lodge is my "home away from home." Over the years, I've tried other Lodges within BV and found that your Lodge surpassed them all both in cleanliness and convenience of location. A small community conveniently tucked into a residential area made my cabin feel like home. Not a lot of bright lights, big parking lots... but rather soft cool evenings filled with fresh fragrances and mornings filled with such a breathtaking view of the mountains. Certainly, Thunder Lodge is a "piece of heaven".
Thank you so much for all you do for us when we stay at TL each summer. Jean Chalupsky, Omaha, Nebraska
Hey Jim and Jane,
Although I am only 15 years old, I came to the cabins a while back and had the best time I have ever had in Colorado!! All of my memories are from your place!!! I just wanted to thank you for that and good luck with your business and my family will definitely be back in the near future!!
We stayed there the middle of March and skied Monarch. It was a great time until the snow dumped on us after two days of skiing and we weren't able to get back up the third day to ski. However, James and Jane were great hosts and showed us where the locals
tubed. We took the kids there and they had a blast.
James and Jane went above and beyond to make sure that we had a good time.
Hi, Jim and Jane, My wife Dorothy and I just spent the weekend in Cabin 7. It was so delightful, we loved it, the privacy can't be beat, the only problem we had was with a loud mouthed mother next door to us. A word or two fixed that
tho, there were no more problems. I loved the knotty pine walls in the cabin, everything worked good. God bless you both in that business. We WILL definitely be back!!
-Richard and Dorothy Opp
2867 W. Rowland Ave.
Littleton, CO 80120 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
This is a wonderful facility to be with your family and friends and have a home base near skiing,
snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, etc.
Hi guys this is Penny Lucero, I was just up there on Saturday with my kids from the Springs. Just thought I would drop you a note and say thank you again, I really enjoy your place. Thank you for being there. I also found you on the web. You are there!! :) Thanks again. Take care. Penny