Ponderosa on Chalk Creek

SUMMARY:  Authentic Mountain Home on Chalk Creek/4 Bed/3 Bath/Sleeps up to 14

LOCATION:  Nathrop, CO

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    The Ponderosa on Chalk Creek

DESCRIPTION:   Ponderosa on Chalk Creek is a well-known vacation rental and a favorite of many who have had the pleasure of enjoying this creekside mountain retreat.    This amazing home sits in the valley between two 14,000 peaks, Mt. Princeton and Mt. Antero.  With 4 bedrooms, 3 kings and 1 queen, there is plenty of room for 8 guests to sleep comfortably.  Additional beds are provided for more guests. 

With four levels (main level, upper level, lower level, walk-out basement), this house provides ample space for guests to come together or to retreat to their own space.  The main level, which is the entry level, has an oversized foyer, bar area and kitchen, as well as a large dining area.  From this level, guests can go down a short flight of stairs to the Great Room, with fireplace, tv area, and the pool table.  Two bedrooms and a bathroom are also on this level.  From the middle level, a short flight of stairs up takes you to the upper level where there are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. 

There is also a full walk-out basement with a foosball table and tv, a fun place to gather and play games.  It can become its own secluded area for privacy if needed.   There is a sofa sleeper in the basement as well as another sofa sleeper near the fireplace in the Great Room.  There are a couple of air mattresses for additional guests, as well as a pack-n-play, which can be set up wherever needed by guests.

The kitchen does have Viking appliances with a large refrigerator, two ovens, one gas, and one electric, along with a warming bin, dishwasher, large pantry, and plenty of tableware.  Off the kitchen is a large gas grill.    Because of the location and tree coverage, cell service can be spotty, however, we do have a landline with free long-distance (no international calls), WiFi is provided as well as satellite tv in the great room and the basement.   

The inside of this property provides ample space for guests to come together, but the beauty of this property lies in the outdoor spaces.  Each of the two upper-level bedrooms has their own private balcony which faces Chalk Cliffs.  The lower-level bedroom has a great patio area for early morning coffee.  The walk-out basement also has a serene deck to relax creekside.  Just off of the kitchen is a small deck with a pub-height patio table.  Down a flight of stairs from there, you’ll find a large deck that offers ample outside dining options.  Decks literally surround three sides of this house.

The outdoor space continues to the greenbelt which has a fire pit area with string lights above as well as an oversized flagstone patio that looms creekside.  Listening to the flowing waters of Chalk Creek only pleases the senses.   A world-renowned hot springs is less than a couple of miles away.  Buena Vista is 15 minutes away, Salida only 20.  Within 45 minutes you can be at either Ski Cooper or Monarch Mountain. 

Make sure you plan early because this house tends to book out months in advance.  It is a one-of-a-kind authentic mountain home. 

SQ. FEET:  3900+/-


  • 4 Bedroom/3 Bathroom
  • Sleeps up to 14
  • Base Rate for 8 guests:  $475
  • Add’l Guest Fee: $20/Person/Night
  • Security Deposit:  $500
  • Housekeeping Fee:  $200
  • Sales & Lodging Tax: 7.55% on Rental Rate

SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS: 3 king beds (two on upper level, one on lower level), 1 queen bed (on lower level), 2 sofa sleepers (one on lower level, one in walkout basement), 2 single air mattresses, pack-n-play.


Had a great time. 3rd year in a row to visit BV area and this was our favorite rental by far. Creek access is great. 3 different decks and lots of relaxing areas. We had our 5 kids with us and they also said it was their favorite cabin. Just a great time and a great cabin. Property manager was extremely helpful throughout entire process and even called to check up on us to make sure all was going well.  Scott S., June 2018

We got married at this property. Amazing memories were made amidst the bubbling stream and striking views of the chalk cliffs. We held both the ceremony and reception outside. It was stunning. The home was spacious and comfortable for our guests. They especially enjoyed the game room and numerous decks on which we could relax and take in the scenery together! A wonderful place for a family gathering/event!  Stephanie D., September 2017 


We spent the weekend with extended family at the Ponderosa. The house and amenities were outstanding. We loved the creek and view. The house was wonderful, clean, and had plenty of room. We would definitely come back for our next trip.  Rick M., September 2021