Mormon Lake Lodge History
The 80-year history of Mormon Lake Lodge began in 1924 in the heyday of ranching and logging in Northern Arizona, when a Chandler, Arizona man built the Lodge, formerly known as Tombler's Lodge. It was a place for men to bring their families for a good meal and to have a little fun in the adjoining saloon.
On July 4, 1974 a faulty heater caused a fire that burned the Lodge to the ground during a gathering of the Verde Valley Sheriff's Posse for the world's largest jackpot team-roping contest. With pride and determination, local ranchers from throughout the state volunteered their time and strength and rebuilt the Lodge by Labor Day weekend - in time for the next roping event. Upon the completion, the ranchers burned their branding irons into the walls as a symbol of protection. When you visit the Lodge today, you can still see the brandings on the walls.
In 1990, Forever Resorts purchased Mormon Lake Lodge and continues to operate the Lodge today. The Mormon Lake Lodge team-roping tradition continues with record attendance setting events annually on Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day weekends.