Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort


Located in Nathrop, Colorado between Buena Vista and Salida, Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort provides guests the opportunity to indulge in a wide variety of geothermal soaking experiences. The expansive and secluded property is set against the backdrop of the Chalk Cliffs and includes pools for soaking, exercising, relaxing and playing. In-river hot springs and a pool with waterslides and a lazy river add to the diverse options.

Lodging choices run the gamut as well and include the Main Lodge and cabins. Other accommodations are also situated to take advantage of the scenery, with lodging units located creekside, cliffside and hillside.

The Mary Murphy Steakhouse provides elegant dining for breakfast through dinner. The on-site Spa and Fitness Club offers treatments and classes, adding wellness options to the menu. Resort visitors can also book off-site adventures such as rafting, fishing, golfing, horseback riding, dog-sled tours and many more through the resort concierge.

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
15870 Co Rd 162
Nathrop, Colorado 81236-9703

A Quick History of Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort

Mining Boom

In the late 1860s, D.H. Heywood staked a claim to the hot springs and opened the Heywood Hot Springs House. His venture relied on a thriving mining community. By 1880, there were 50 mines in the area. The Mary Murphy Mine alone, for which the Mount Princeton’s restaurant is named, produced $14 million in gold. It was also about this time that people began referring to the springs as Mount Princeton Hot Springs.

Going Bust

By 1926, the gold mines had all closed and the railroads pulled out of town. Without a steady revenue stream of visitors, Mount Princeton Hot Springs fell into ruin.

Rebirth of a Hot Spring

In the 1950s, a group of Texas investors purchased the property. They razed the historic hotel that existed there and managed to keep the property afloat, but it didn’t thrive until new entrepreneurs saw its potential. In 2004, investors infused millions into the expansion and restoration of the property. They addressed long-neglected maintenance issues, built stunning log guest cabins and added a pavilion to accommodate groups.