10 Things to Do in Nathrop That You Shouldn't Miss

August 26, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Nathrop is a small unincorporated village between Buena Vista and Salida on U.S. Highway 285 in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. The Nathrop Post Office has the ZIP Code 81236.
Restaurants in Nathrop

1. Good Times Rafting

22565 US Hwy 285, Nathrop, CO 81212
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5 based on 102 reviews

Good Times Rafting

Whitewater Rafting on the Arkansas River and Colorado River!

Reviewed By Anna M - Minneapolis, Minnesota

This was only our 2nd time whitewater rafting, so we weren't sure how things were going to go at level "3". Our instructor, Kathryn, was wonderful! She made the instruction easy to understand; guided us safely through the turbulent waters, was very fun to talk to, knew what she was doing, (it was easy to tell, since other rafts from other companies were stuck on the rocks), but most importantly we had a lot of fun! We would definitely recommend this company and especially this instructor to everyone who wants to have a fun, enjoyable time whitewater rafting. They catered this experience just for us and our personalities! We didn't want to just sit there and look at the scenery. We wanted to be one with the river, and wanted to learn how to navigate through it.

Thank you for a Great Time!

Anna and Kirk McFarland : )

2. Mt Princeton Riding Stables & Equestrian Center

14582 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236-7705 +1 719-395-6498
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4.5 based on 364 reviews

Mt Princeton Riding Stables & Equestrian Center

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Had a great time and it was my first horseback riding experience. The employees are super nice and helpful! They have multiple horses and great for a group experience. My only complaint is that I would have preferred a shorter trip - 30minutes would have been plenty for me. I also think there should be an easier trail for “newbies”. Overall, great experience and I recommend!

3. Buena Vista River Park

926 S Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211-2217
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4.5 based on 153 reviews

Buena Vista River Park

Reviewed By Salida1048 - Salida, Co. USA

BV is fortunate to not have the railroad running down the river. The scenery is very nice, and they’ve managed some very nice trails down near the river. A simply walk from Bridge to Bridge will suit you. Wander through SouthMain, see how nice they’ve done with that build. BV has it going on. Enjoy !

4. Dvorak Raft Kayak & Fishing Expeditions

17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236-9701
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5 based on 87 reviews

Dvorak Raft Kayak & Fishing Expeditions

Dvorak Expeditions is Colorado's 1st Licensed Outfitter established in 1969 specializes in rafting and fishing trips. DVK offers daily trips, from 1/2 to 8 days, on 8 rivers to accommodate any family, group or individuals. Professionally trained guides successfully combine high adventure with FUN. DVK also has a number of customized, multi-sport trips: raft, fish, bike, hike, zip-line, SUP, kayak, hot springs, includes camping and/or lodging. DVK also offers instructional courses, guide school, and rescue certifications. We provide an excellent fresh food menu with special request diets available. Camping/rental equipment is available.

Reviewed By Paul F

From start to finish this company were extremely professional and gave our family an amazing experience.

Having spent a huge amount of time planning this part of our USA adventure, I came across this company. I started with a couple of tentative emails and then spoke to staff in the office. They came across as knowledgable and professional.

When we arrived we were met by one of the staff in the office who introduced us to John-Michael. A 21 year old local lad brought up on the river. He was positive and engaging and put us all at ease. We were taken to the start point on the river with 2 other boats. We had a safety briefing and then practiced the introductions on the river.

We had the whole day booked which included a picnic lunch at a beautiful lunch spot. Dvorak and J-M were really responsive to my daughter's requirement for gluten free.

We travelled about 18 miles, lots of excitement and then some more gentle stretches with great 'entertainment' from J-M!

I know there is a lot of competition on the river and I am sure that others offer good service but I cannot fault this company and J-M was a credit to them.

And... what an amazing way to see beautiful Colorado...

Highly recommended.


5. Colorado Surf Factory - Day Adventures

22495 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236-7718
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5 based on 49 reviews

Colorado Surf Factory - Day Adventures

Reviewed By almightySR - Colorado Springs, Colorado

After a miscommunication within our group, the CSF team assisted us by accommodating us when we arrived without a reservation, oops!
While they only had an opening on the more advanced run, some of us in the group were a bit skeptical but we went with it and we are happy that we did. The entire time was helpful. Our guide, Paul, was very helpful and encouraging. It was an overall great experience. I only wish that they would provide at least one printed photo for the price in which the photographs are sold. We will return!

6. San Isabel National Forest

Located 25 miles West of Pueblo, Pueblo, CO +1 719-489-2280
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4.5 based on 94 reviews

San Isabel National Forest

One of twelve national forests in Colorado, this one-million-acre forest offers snow-capped peaks and crystal mountain lakes.

Reviewed By Bob L - Winchester, Virginia

I have been here a hundred times over the years, but it is always breath-taking when I return. The cool breezes, the fresh scent of pine, the noise the wind makes as it threads through the trees, the reflection of the sky on the lake, trails blending into the new growth or old leaves and needles.

And it is always the same. I notice different things now that other visits over the last 50 years didn't show. I am different each time but San Isabel is always the same...beautiful.

7. St. Elmo

Nathrop, CO +1 719-395-2117
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4 based on 335 reviews

St. Elmo

Reviewed By Becca_6737 - Woodland Park, Colorado

Small old ghost town, at the end of a beautiful drive. We come out camping a few times a year, and always make the drive up to St. Elmo. The kids enjoy sitting outside watching the chipmunks while we spend a few minutes browsing the antiques at general store. There are also many hiking trails nearby - for all abilities. It is open year round but we think spring and fall are the most beautiful times to visit.

8. Mount Princeton Historic Bath House & Hot Springs

15870 County Road 162, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop, CO 81236-9703 +1 888-395-7799
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4 based on 432 reviews

Mount Princeton Historic Bath House & Hot Springs

Reviewed By crestlinecolorado - Fort Collins, Colorado

Its been a few years since I have been here. The rates are outrageous now for what you get. Higher than Glenwood's Hot Springs which is better run with more amenities and much better value because they don't up-sell and price you out of the extras. Be sure to buy your locker key at check in. Very few people use the lockers because they are so expensive- be prepared! Everyone's stuff is spread all over the changing room. People are generally rude and pile their belongings on the very few benches - just forget about getting to use them to help with sitting down to change your clothes. A lot of elderly have balance problems and really need the benches while changing. I will say RUDE again
The pool is good. Enter from the door off the Bathhouse and realize that most people are sitting on the steps to the pool and will be in your way. Its difficult because the pool does not allow sitting anywhere in it. Seasoned pool-goes use "noodles" they bring with them to stay afloat to relax.
The stream side pools are fun, but be careful. Bring water shoes or flip flops for climbing on the boulders.
Next time I will come early and make it a day with the rates they charge!

9. Agnes Vaille Falls

County Road 162, Nathrop, CO
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Agnes Vaille Falls

Reviewed By Marilyn88_12 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

It's really lovely to hike here and about 4.4 miles on the right from The Mt. Princeton Hot Springs!
September and early October are the best months to enjoy the aspens and hike many locations in this vicinity.
The Colorado Trail, Chalk Creek trail is 2 miles on the left from Mt.Princeton Hot Springs. Brown's Creek Falls is another pretty spot. Driving 11.4 miles from the hot springs up to the ghost town, St. Elmo is beautiful, too. You pass by Alpine Lake at 8.5 miles, where the aspens are particularly stunning.These are some of my favorite nearby excursions.

10. St Elmo General Store Inc

25865 County Road 162, Nathrop, CO 81236-9809 +1 719-395-2117
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

St Elmo General Store Inc

We are a mom & pop store in the old ghost mining town of St. Elmo, CO. We carry a large inventory of antiques and souvenirs. St. Elmo is nestled in the San Isabel National Forest at an elevation of 10,019'. We are open from early May through the end of September.

Reviewed By Lu S

I have been to St. Elmo twice and u definitely recommend summer time . There are multitudes of trails accessible by foot, truck and atv . I even think I saw a few motorbikes. Great for all ages ! The kids love the humming birds and feeding the chipmunks . So many great things to see and the gift shop is great ! Everyone is so friendly ! You could literally spend a whole day there ! Being your water and hiking shoes and get ready to explore a whole new world:)

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