Nathrop, Colorado

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Nathrop, Colorado
unincorporated community
An old school in Nathrop.
An old school in Nathrop.
Nathrop, Colorado is located in Colorado
Nathrop, Colorado
Location in Chaffee County and the state of Colorado
Coordinates: 38°44′50″N 106°04′32″W / 38.74722°N 106.07556°W / 38.74722; -106.07556Coordinates: 38°44′50″N 106°04′32″W / 38.74722°N 106.07556°W / 38.74722; -106.07556
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County[1] Chaffee
Named for Charles Nachtrieb[1]
Elevation[1] 7,680 ft (2,341 m)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code[2] 81236
FIPS code 08-53010
GNIS feature ID 0204759

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.[2]


Nathrop was named for Charles Nachtrieb, owner of the townsite.[1][3]


Nathrop is located at 38°44′50″N 106°04′32″W / 38.74722°N 106.07556°W / 38.74722; -106.07556 (38.747222,-106.075556).

Ruby Mountain[edit]


Ruby Mountain is a rhyolite outcrop located about one mile northeast of Nathrop. Small spessartite garnet crystals are found throughout the outcropping. Small pebbles of black obsidian referred to as "Apache tears" by collectors can also be found in the talus rock at the base of the cliffs.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b "ZIP Code Lookup" (JavaScript/HTML). United States Postal Service. January 2, 2007. Retrieved January 2, 2007. 
  3. ^ Dawson, John Frank. Place names in Colorado: why 700 communities were so named, 150 of Spanish or Indian origin. Denver, CO: The J. Frank Dawson Publishing Co. p. 36. 
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