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The Cabins at Chalk Creek were previously a part of the Love Ranch.  The Love Ranch was founded by Mark and Jo Love in 1926 as a guest ranch for miners and their families.  After the mining companies moved on the ranch remained open for families to still come and enjoy the Chalk Creek area.   Mark Love died in 1932 from complications his sustained from falling off his horse.  While, Jo Love persevered for more than 50 years on her own and built more cabins for the increasing demand for lodging in the rugged mountainous terrain.  The ranch and Jo Love flourished until her death in 1976.  The ranch was then left to her nephew who continued to rent the cabins out for another 30 years.  Then in 1999, the ranch was unfortunately split up and sold to private individuals who wanted their own piece of the beautiful ranch and chalk creek canyon for themselves.

I managed the Love Ranch the last three years it was open to the public and became interested in the traditions and history of the place.  Luckily, my family and I were able to purchase 3 acres of the ranch with 3 of the old miner cabins on it.  Not wanting to end the traditions and history of the place we decided to keep our cabins open to the public.  With the lure of the mountains, natural hot springs nearby and the creek that flows through the property it is not unusual to have three generations of family come back to the cabins and sit around the campfire telling stories of the old days gone by and the new adventures to be had.

Presently, there are three cabins on the property, one I keep for myself and the other two are available to guests.  There have been some great guests to come stay at the ranch in the past, such as;  Zane Gray, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Alex Haley.  If you would like to come for a visit or have questions, please feel free to write or call.  

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F.K.A. the Love Ranch Cabins, modern creekside cabins      

  Cabins at Chalk Creek

Hello and Welcome to Chalk Creek Canyon, home to my cabins.  If you are looking for a peaceful cabin in the mountains to relax from the everyday grind of life, you are in the right place.  My cabins are located between the towns of Salida, CO and Buena Vista, CO.  Just outside of Nathrop, between Mt. Princeton and Mt. Antero, both fourteeners.  There are natural hot springs just down the road to relax in, endless fishing opportunities, hiking, biking, 4-wheeling, gold panning, rock hounding for aqua marine gem stones, rafting and float fishing,  ghost town exploring, horse back riding, and creek side campfire's to keep you entertained.

I have two cabins that I rent out to guests and one that I keep for myself.  From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend I prefer to rent the cabins by the week, Saturday to Saturday.  If you can't do a whole week, a three night minimum is required.  

Both cabins are house keeping cabins, which means you are asked to leave them as you found them and are fully stocked with everything you need for a weeks stay except food and linens.  Linens you would need to bring would include; fitted, flat, pillow cases and towels for queen size beds.  Pets are accepted with approval.  Limit two pets per cabin, $10 a night per pet.

Please contact me if you are interested in reserving a cabin.  I can be reached at or call 719-221-4972 cell, 719-395-2366 home

Thanks you for your interest,

Doug Baumgardner

We are also included in the Colorado Vacation


Cabins are available year round.


Lots of outdoor seating areas full of peace and nature!


Tons of excitement!



My larger cabin is named, "Hermit", and is a two bedroom cabin with a full bathroom, kitchen, campfire pit next to the creek and can sleep up to six people.    

The other cabin is named, "Knottypine".  Knottypine is a one bedroom cabin with a sofa sleeper, full bathroom, kitchen, indoor fireplace and can sleep up to four people.



Cable and Wi-Fi are NOT available, fortunately!



   Hermit rents for $900 a week or $150 a day.  

 Knottypine rents for $800 a week or $140 a night.

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Cabins at Chalk Creek

Nathrop, Colorado, United States

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