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Randy and Betsy

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Family get away, couples retreat, base camp, recreation room

40 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Nathrop Cabin Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8, 1.5 bath, Mountain Views, 1,250 sf, one car garage, 3.2 ac site

This cabin is a perfect get away for a family, couple, or friends. There are two bedrooms with queen beds, a hide-a-bed, a couch and window seat bed. The cabin is two stories with a one car garage, rec room, half bath (sink and toilet only), fire place and washer/dryer on the ground level and two bedrooms, full bath, kitchen, family room and deck on the upper level. The deck provides a great view of the valley.

Situated on 3.2 arces and next to 14 acres of open space, the cabin feels secluded in the pine trees.

The cabin is fully furnished including linens, dishes, appliances, utinsels, etc. There is a pool table on the ground level and a ping pong table in the garage that can be set up. The TV is set up for DVDs only. There is not Internet or TV programing available. Cell phone service is spoty based on your provider, but there is a land line phone in the cabin.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Randy and Betsy (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Randy and Betsy

Randy and Betsy are the owners of this cabin. The cabin is brand new, completed June 2012. It was built as a mountain retreat for our family and friends. We make our home in Littleton, Colorado a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Betsy originates from St. Louis, MO, but has spent most of her time in Colorado. Randy is from Phoenix, AZ but got to Colorado as fast as he could. We both enjoy this area for its beauty, quietness, the stars, cool air, and the outdoor activities.

Betsy is an artist and spends time painting at the cabin and in the area. She has her work displayed in the Courtyard Gallery in Buena Vista. Randy enjoys photography.

Randy and Betsy purchased this cabin in 2011

Why Randy and Betsy chose South Central Colorado

Betsy and I were first introduced to the Mt Princeton area in 2002 when we joined with four other families to build a small cabin within a mile of this one. We eventually decided to build a place of our own so we could spend more time in the mountains. Once you have stayed here you will agree that it is a special place!

What makes this cabin unique

We chose the property for this cabin because of the view and its proximity to a 14 acre meadow. Every morning we wake up and look outside to see what nature has for us. The valley is always changing with the clouds, the morning deer and the sunrise on the chalk cliffs providing something new. At night we anticipate sitting on the deck and looking up at the stars for an amazing display of the galaxy. Even though it feels like we are in the middle of the forest, we are minutes away from services and amenities.


based on 40 traveler reviews

Family get away, couples retreat, base camp, recreation room
average rating of 4.9 based on 40 reviews

Lovely place. Had to leave too soon.

  • 5 of 5

We were only in the cabin for two nights. We loved the house and the location. Dead quiet except for the wind in the trees. Woke up to a gorgeous sunrise on the salt cliffs. The second night was cloudless and we could see the Milky Way.

Lots of wildlife ambled by. Only only wish was that we could stay another day. Or 2. Or 3...

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderfull overall experience

  • 5 of 5

Randy and Betsy have a wonderful cabin and were great to work with. The cabin has a great view and a lot of wildlife roaming in and out of the property to watch in the evenings while sitting on the deck. Had a great overall experience and would definitely vacation at their property again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

All six of us enjoyed everything about the cabin. It was clean, comfortable, nicely done, and the setting was spectacular. Loved the views of the mountains, pine trees, and occasionally some deer. Courtney's visit when we first got there was helpful and she is a delightful girl. We would definitely recommend going to the cabin to our family and friends and hope we can get back there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mt. Princeton/Chalk Cliffs Cabin

  • 4 of 5

This cabin is in great condition, well kept and very well maintained. It fit our needs for a party of 4 adults and two children for two nights, perfectly. The split bathroom worked great in preparation for the reception we attended at Mt. Princeton Lodge. None of us slept in the rec. room, although there was plenty of sleeping area. The window seating allowed most of us some quiet time. The deck view of the Chalk Cliffs was very mesmerizing to us low altitude midwesterners. A reminder - the kitchen is on the second floor. Bringing groceries up 13+ steps at this higher elevation was work. I thought the cleaning fee charge was high, as was the service fee. With reservation insurance, our nightly cost averaged $300. Had we stayed longer, that cost would have decreased. Overall, a great cabin in a great location, and a bit overpriced. I do highly recommend it to others. Thank you Randy and Betsy.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Absolutely Beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

This picturesque getaway in the mountains is exactly what we needed!! We enjoyed hiking, exploring, playing pool in the basement, taking advantage of Mt Princeton Hot Springs, and we spent the majority of our time relaxing on the balcony taking in the views!!! We will definitely be going back!!! Thank you for a great stay!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Amazing family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 stayed here over the weekend. I received many accolades for finding this gem! It was close enough for us to enjoy many activities in Buena Vista and Salida. Yet far enough away to feel like we were secluded and had our own space. My kids loved playing outside and roaming the property as I comfortably watched from the deck and took in all the scenery. Of course the pool table and ping pong table were a huge hit and provided for hours of entertainment, time that would have most likely been spent watching TV had we been anywhere else! The cabin is beautifully decorated and has everything you need and more! We enjoyed listening to the CDs, playing games, and having the kitchen to be able to eat breakfast every morning. We took advantage of the many great restaurants for our other meals: Eddyline, Lariat, (Buena Vista), Boathouse, and Amica's (Salida). We hiked the Colorado Trail at the Chalk Cliffs Trailhead (just down the road), visited St. Elmo and the chipmunks, had a zipline tour, and ended with the Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. It was a perfect family vacation, and we can't wait to do it again in the future!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting Co. and Adventure Program Ltd.
St Elmo -- Ghost Town
Eddyline Restaurant
Laughing Ladies Restaurant
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Buena Vista General Aviation Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Mt. Princeton Hot Springs
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Buena Vista
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Colorado State Hwy 285
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Buena Vista or Mt. Princeton Hot Springs (.5 mi)
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Car: necessary

The cabin is located in an area known as the Mt. Princeton area or the Chalk Cliffs area.

The Arkansas Valley region is a 'banana belt’, which keeps the temperatures from the extremes and limits heavy snow fall to elevations above 7,500'. This cabin is on the snow line, so snow depths are variable. Within minutes of the cabin you can hike, fish, 4-wheel, cycle, swim, cross country ski, raft, rock climb, and camp. For the more adventurous, hiking any of the 14teeners in the area is an accomplishment.

Everyone should take a trip down the Arkansas River at least once to experience white water rafting. Depending on the water level and type of trip there are trips for all levels from calmer waters to Class 5 water.

The Mt. Princeton Resort and Hot Springs is a popular destination with a hot springs swimming pool.

St Elmo ghost town is 12 miles up valley and is a great mountain drive and off-roading area in the summer.

Chalk Creek is a 10-minute walk and good for fishing.

Horseback riding is available near the Mt Princeton resort.

For unique restaurants and art galleries spend the afternoon and evening in Buena Vista 9 miles north or Salida12 miles south. There are several interesting bars in both towns.

A perfect weekend in this area would include our local favorites:

Explore St. Agnes falls: Drive 10 minutes up the valley and hike .5 miles to the base of the falls.

Eat breakfast at the Evergreen Café in Buena Vista.

Take home a painting from a local artist at the Courtyard Gallery in Buena Vista.

Go on an adventure with Noah’s Ark Rafting Company or another local outfitter.

Soak in the hot springs at the Mt. Princeton Resort or Cottonwood Hot Springs.

Take a scenic drive up to the ghost town, St. Elmo -- a trip back to the gold mining days.

Enjoy a gourmet dinner at the Laughing Ladies Restaurant in Salida or the Eddyline Restaurant & Brewery in Buena Vista.


Rates & Availability

Nathrop Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 16 2016 - Oct 31 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Nov 21 2016 - Nov 28 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Christmas/New Years
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Ski Season
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 3 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 6.8%

Cleaning Fee $150; Security deposit 100% refundable per cancellation policy;
Owner reserve the right to set special prices for specific days/weekends for events.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nathrop Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Very nice over sized tile shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Lower level, sink and toilet
  • 1.5
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Lower level - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sofa sleeper
    Window Seat/bed - 1 twin/ single , Window seat in living room is large enough for one person
  • Queen size Beds (2) One bed in each room, upper level, (1) Window seat , similar to a twin bed size. Upper level, Sleep Sofa (1) Ground level room has a queen size sofa bed, there is also a couch in the upper level for one to sleep. There are two self inflating air matteress available.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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