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Thunderbird Lodge
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Our room in this adobe style lodge was very comfortable, clean and considerably larger than the past two accommodations, which were significantly more expensive. Canyon de Chelly South Drive in the late afternoon was lovely. Unfortunately the cafe was closed by the time we returned from doing sunset photos, so we ended up with fast food in nearby Chile. The gift shop was exceptional; the selection competed with the nicer shops in Santa Fe, with better prices. And breakfast at the cafe was quite good.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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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Reviewed 3 May 2014

After staying at The View in Monument Valley, this lodge's sister property, this was a very different experience. It is a traditional national park lodge, with the old historical furniture. Our room even had the old stationary from when it was the Thunderbird Lodge.

This is not a luxurious place, but it is in close proximity to the park, and is very clean, having comfortable beds. The on-site restaurant is a cafeteria style place with a virtually identical menu to that served at The View but at slightly better prices. Frankly, don't come to this lodge (or the View for that matter) for the food. It is OK, but nothing to make the trip for. If you are staying for several days, you will probably want to try to find another dining option. Be aware that everything closes up early, so if you are looking for food after 8:30 or 9:00, you will be stuck going to one of the two fast food places in town….

While you are here, you MUST take a jeep trip down to the canyon floor. It was truly spectacular, and the guides are great. ALSO -- while you are at overlooks on the rim of the canyon, be careful with kids and pets. There are lots of unguarded cliffs, and you don't want to leave the park with fewer people than you came in with.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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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Reviewed 2 May 2014

I thought I would stay inside the park however the price of this Lodge is about the same as for the hotels in town and is only 1-2 miles closer. Unfortunately I didn't ask to look at the rooms before accepting as I had had a long drive and it was raining. Service was not overly friendly. The rooms are small and dated and have a slightly musty odour. It feels like a 70s motel room. The TV works but internet was slow. They have a restaurant attached to the giftshop which looks more like a cafeteria and served typical western food (no special native foods that I could see). There is no coffeemaker in the room but there is coffee available at the front desk in the morning. Overall, given the short driving time from Chinle, I wouldn't recommend staying here but at either Holiday Inn or Best Western in town. If you're up for an adventure, you can rent a hogan - I have posted a review for that.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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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Reviewed 1 May 2014

The Sacred Canyon Lodge is next to the canyons' visitor center, where the tours depart from. The room was very quite and clean, but a little dated. There is a good gift shop on premises as well as a cafeteria style restaurant with a good, convenient breakfast and other meals.

The lodge is in a very quite, secluded and pretty area with the feeling of the old American west. A very good choice.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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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Reviewed 30 April 2014

The hotel is located inside the canyon area so it is close to the visitor center and canyon drives. The room was good sized, clean, and well kept. The restaurant was good - several food choices. The employees were helpful. I would stay there again. There was a water main break while we were there, and the staff should have notified guests about it and not waited until we called to ask why the water turned red, but it was fixed that day.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Just magic being in Canyon de Chelly! The room was clean and quiet, the beds comfortable, the most important for us so we spent a wonderful night. The breakfast in the restaurant was poor and quite expensive.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Sacred Canyon Lodge is a motel and has a few positive attributes that may be appealing to a tourist visiting Canyon De Chelly. It is located inside the park. (Not so important as there are other accommodations within a mile of the park entrance.) It has one of the best Trading Post (gift shops) around. It has an excellent cafeteria (yes, you wait on line just like in high school) The people dining there were 90% locals. The desk clerk was very friendly and professional. Coffe at the front desk was delicious (served in the morning). The room was clean & I slept well there.
Generally speaking, this was a nice, inexpensive place to stay convenient to the Park.

We were booked for two nights. In the bathroom next to the shower a sign stated that because of "Historic Plumbing", there was a possibility that our shower would turn from hot to cold.
I experienced this possibility first hand. To be fair, when I spoke to the front desk, she offered to refund our second night without prodding and we availed ourselves of the offer and moved on.

This is a nice place to stay and we enjoyed our time here but, being spoiled New Yorkers, needed a dependable hot shower to start the day.

Room Tip: Ask to be placed in a location that guarantees a hot shower without interruption.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mattie B, Admin. at Thunderbird Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 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 also are offering All-Day and 4-Hour Navajo-guided tours of the Canyon in our 10 passenger, 6-wheel drive 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

Address: Rural Route 7, Chinle, AZ 86503 (Formerly Sacred Canyon Lodge)
Region: United States > Arizona > Chinle
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Chinle
Price Range: £51 - £94 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Thunderbird Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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