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Thunderbird Lodge
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40 reviews
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“Pleasant surprise.”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

We booked this motel by mistake thinking it was the one we had stayed at before and were a bit dismayed when we drove into it to discover we were mistaken. In fact, it turned out to be a serendipitous mistake. The motel is an attractive complex of adobe style blocs set amongst trees and grass yards. The rooms are basic but large and spacious. It is entirely run and staffed by Navajos. The restaurant is cafeteria style and best of all it seems to be used by the local population. Not great food - like my mother used to cook (definitely not a compliment!) - but fills a space. I would use it again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

They allow dogs and are close to Canyon de Chelly, so the Thunderbird worked for one night while we were visiting the canyon.

The accommodations were pretty basic, and they were comfortable for one night.

We would have appreciated a Hairdryer.

Location is good.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We recently spent two nights at the Thunderbird Lodge. Took advantage of the all-day Navajo led jeep tour into Canyon de Chelly and thourghly enjoyed our stay. The resaurant is cafetaria style with good food and fast service. Not fancy but tasty.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Mattie B, Admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Georgia
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

My husband and I stayed here during our visit to Canyon de Chelly and loved it. It is clean and has plenty of room. We were hesitant to stay due to reviews on here, but so glad we did! The wi-fi doesn't work all that well nor did our cell phones. I am not complaining though! Being from the east coast, we were up and watched the sunrise. Beautiful! The resturant is cafeteria style and very good. We only ate breakfast, so I cannot speak on the lunch/dinner menu. The cooks and staff were awesome. And clean! We watched those folks clean up after the meals (we were sitting outside) and they worked hard and diligently. We enjoyed it and can't wait to go back. FYI...if you are looking for a cookie cutter type of place, you will not appreciate Thunderbird Lodge.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Mattie B, admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Oakland, California
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

We arrived at the lodge late at night. We called in ahead and let them know. Someone had to drive in from Cinle in order to check us in. They were very quick and courteous. The room was basic with no frills, but after about a week camping and on the road, a hot shower and bed was nice. The hotel was over priced, but given the location, I suppose it is understandable. Camping around is a much better deal and probably a better experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mattie B, admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I was hesitant to stay here due to some of the reviews I have read, but was pleasantly surprised when I arrived. The town of Chinle is quite small, and Thunderbird Lodge is just up and out of the town a little ways. The rooms were clean, but do not expect high tech and completely updated (the sign in the bathroom actually does warn you that the plumbing his "HISTORIC"...) but it was a peaceful place to stay.

The cafeteria leaves much to be desired if you're looking for a restaurant, but it serves it's purpose. Also, it has coffee in the morning, which is usually top priority on my list. Regarding the staff, they were not the friendliest when I came to visit. They weren't rude, but relatively disinterested in taking care of any questions or checking me in.

We also took the tour that was offered from the Lodge. It looked to be the cheapest, and it really was wonderful. You're in a large open air truck which allows for stunning views of the sites. OUr tour guide DJ was really wonderful, and I would definitely do it again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Mattie B, Admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Minneapolis
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

My wife and I stayed two nights at the Thunderbird Lodge in May...sorry for the tardy review. The Thunderbird is a modest motel but the rooms are clean and the staff is friendly. Best of all, you are just a few blocks from the entrance to Canyon de Chelly which is a wonderful combination of beauty and historical significance.

You can see some of the Canyon on your own...the two rim roads and one hike to the floor...but to see and learn much more go on a guided tour of the floor of the canyon with a Navajo guide. We went with Ben Teller who is co-owner of Antelope House Tours. The things we saw and learned from Ben were amazing. On a few occasions, he dropped us off and drove on another quarter mile or so. Walking in the beauty and solitude was a highlight of our two weeks in the Southwest.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank SandstoneSprings
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Mattie B, Admin at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this review, March 21, 2017
Thank you for the rating and review of your stay at Thunderbird Lodge/Sacred Lodge in Canyon De Chelly.

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise took over management of the Lodge in January 2016. Since then many improvements and upgrades have been made to the guest rooms as well as the property and surroundings. All guest rooms now are equipped with a Keurig coffee/tea maker, flat screen television, hair dryer, microwave and mini-fridge. All the rooms have new carpet, mattresses, linens and towels. The wifi has been updated, but still may not be as fast as what some people are used to given the remote area. We are so proud of all the changes and improvements we have made. We also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger Pinzgauer army-troop carrier vehicles. It is the best way to really experience Canyon De Chelly.

Should your journey bring you back to Canyon De Chelly, we hope to welcome you back to Thunderbird Lodge.

All our best,
Thunderbird Lodge Management
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Additional Information about Thunderbird Lodge

Property: Thunderbird Lodge
Address: Rural Route 7, Chinle, AZ 86503 (Formerly Sacred Canyon Lodge)
Location: United States > Arizona > Chinle
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Chinle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only accommodations inside Canyon de Chelly National Monument. ... more   less 
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