Thunder Mountain Lodge

Enjoying the Great Outdoors

20703 Baron Lake Drive Grand Mesa, CO 81413

970-390-7585 | Visit Website

Jeffrey Kieper moved to Colorado from Wisconsin in 1998 to pursue competitive snowboarding and mountain biking. He has vast experience as a snowmobile and raft guide all over our great nation as well as other countries. Also his work as "Ski Doo" snowmobile "Demo Tour Manager" will come in handy when he launches the snowmobile tours at his lodge. All of these great experiences had lead him to the opportunity to purchase Thunder Mountain Lodge in Cedaredge, Colorado. This was a natural fit for Jeffrey to take his passion for the outdoors and sharing this with clients to build on an existing Rocky Mountain Lodge in Colorado.

He dug in quickly to learn what it would take to own and operate Thunder Mountain Lodge. Working with an SBDC business coach he gained the guidance of what it would take to acquiring the financing necessary for purchasing of this new business. He quickly found that he was going to have to think outside of the box to make this purchase happen. Some of the issues he had to overcome where understand what the US Forest Service needs to enable him to operate his business in a National Forest. In addition, he worked through licensing, insurance, management, and projections for his future venture. After months of work Jeffrey was rewarded with close to a half million in financing to launch his new venture!
"It was great having the reputation of the SBDC on my side when negotiating with the National Forest Service. The SBDC's high standard pushed me to include incredible detail in my business plan.The SBDC helped me materialize the ideas I had generated over the past 2 years. I would recommend working with them all day long!"
The lodge is perched high atop the Grand Mesa at 10,000 feet. Boasting over 300 lakes and over 800 square miles of wilderness to explore there are endless activities for any outdoors person. The 11 wooded cabins rent from $110-$175 a night and are planning a food service similar to a bed and breakfast. The lodge will offer premium snowmobile rentals and guided trip. This is one of the worlds best snowmobile locations, averaging over 400 inches of snow every season. Incredible trail riding with great views and weeks worth of off trail riding through endless Colorado powder. Great Big Game Hunting in the Fall. In the summer canoes, hydro bikes, stand up paddle boards and inflatable kayaks will be available for rental. People can take these on the many nearby lakes or several wild rivers within a 1 hour drive, including the Colorado River through debeque canyon. This is a great spot for special events like weddings and family reunions. Future plans are in the works to offer guided mountain bike tours, guided fishing, rafting, and even combinations that include rafting or mt biking into the backyard of some of the wine and produce creators in Palisade or Paonia.Thunder Mountain Lodge will be reopening to the public in 2015. They are planning a New Years eve Party to celebrate their success!

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