Frank Dean Van Zant started building Thunder Mountain in 1969 as a home for his family. Most of the construction material is scrap that Van Zant scavenged - bottles, old cars, farm equipment, and salvaged lumber - all held together with concrete. The structure and grounds are also a monument to American Indians.
A fire in 1989 destroyed many of the out buildings which included a three story hostel that housed volunteer workers. Time has taken a toll on the rest of the monument but since it’s now a Nevada state historic site efforts are being made to restore and stabilize the buildings. The buildings are not opened for visits.
The ground is loose sand so wheelchair visitors will need to have help. A lot of the site can be seen from the parking lot.
The parking lot is large enough for any RV.